On this week’s episode, we discuss the issues of family sins, boundaries, addictions and why we end up sinning in the first place. We also address the subject of pornography and how to begin walking a road of healing and freedom from it.
Some great questions were submitted and we have some powerful discussions addressing them.
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Question on Addictions and Family Sins
Hi Mark I had a question about how you would deal with an addicted sibling and setting boundaries versus enabling, in regard to the piece you have written (Confronting Sins in Your Family Line) I find it very interesting. I find that prayer is important. But also in regard to how we are supposed to deal with people who have transgressions against you, how you believe you should handle that within a sibling group.
Do We Sin Simply Because We Doubt God’sLove?
Is there ever a reason why we sin that doesn’t, ultimately, have anything to do with us doubting God’s love for us, or with the reason we have doubt to begin with? In other words, can we not doubt God’s love for us at all, knowing we’re the crown of His creation, being 100% convinced of it in the deepest part of our hearts, and still sometimes sin, or rather, think, speak, and act in a way that doesn’t demonstrate to ourselves, God, or others, that we’ve received that love from Him without doubting
Furthermore, where does doubt of God’s love come from in *us*, or what, in us, is the underlying *source* of that doubt that needs to be dealt with? Further than that, is there any aspect of living with the *holiness* that God wants *for* us and *from* us that is completely independent of believing, without wavering, in God’s love for us?
The reason I ask, in case anyone’s wondering, is because I talked to a guy who absolutely *insisted* that there are other reasons why we sin, such as, and I quote, “deception, doubting God’s truth, and doubting God’s
holiness.” But is there ever a lie we’re deceived by which directly results in us sinning, that is *not* somehow “rooted and established in” [*doubting*] His love,” rather than being “rooted and established in *love*,” which, from what I understand, we only receive, and therefore live out in thought, word, and deed, *because* he first loved us?
Freedom from Pornography Addiction
How can I avoid the sin of pornography?