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The Best Recovery Psalm: verse 11

November 24, 2009

bible11 For the sake of your name, O LORD,
       forgive my iniquity, though it is great.

I wanted to continue to share reflections from Psalm 25.  I think this is one of the best chapters in the bible for those recovering from sexual addiction.  Here is a simple verse, but it has some large takeaways. 


When I was in the middle of my sexual sin, I did not focus on God.  I was so worried about my name, my reputation, my job, my position, and the perception of others toward me.  I had little care for glorifying God.

God wants me to focus on His name and His glory.  His stamp is on my life and I bear his name.  When I was steeped in my sin, I was dishonoring his name and stealing His glory. 

We must honor His name.  Make it great.  Reflect Him.  We cannot do this when we are holding on to our sins and sexually acting out.  

Seeing my sin was one of the greatest gifts God has given me over the last two years.  I didn’t realize how bad I was.  I knew I had strong sexual desires, and had problems with masturbation and Internet porn, but I didn’t know how far away I was. 

When I was found out, I started to see who I really was.  A sinner who was posing as someone who had it all together.  I needed to see how my actions were hurting God.  I needed to see how grieved He was over my behaviors.  I began to see that through the eyes of other people.  All of the sudden a brokenness came over me, and a true, deep repentance.  I was losing my ministry, my job and my friendships over my choices.  For the first time in a long time, I began to cry out desperately to God.

God also used the consequences of my behaviors to show me how bad my life was.  He used withdrawals to show me.  He used the broken trust with my wife to show me my sin. 

An essential part of recovery is seeing your sin.  Only God can open our eyes to who we really are.  The writer of the psalm saw that his sin was “great”. 

A good prayer is:  “God, help me see my sin.  Show me who I really am.”


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