Healing and recovery

Parable of the Good Samaritan by Jan Wynants, 1670

Parable of the Good Samaritan by Jan Wynants, 1670

 

“To lend each other a hand when we’re falling. Perhaps that’s the only work that matters in the end.”

Frederick Buechner, Brendan

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Transforming the whole person in Christ

Statistics tells us that there is much sexual brokenness in the world today. Perhaps six to eight percent of the population struggles with some form of sexual addiction, and millions more suffer from other sexual and relational disorders. Pornography use is rampant and now plays a significant role in divorces. Children are exposed to sexual lies at younger ages, negatively shaping their understanding of love, gender, and sexuality. Millions of teens suffer from sexually transmitted infections, and thousands are at risk of being sexually trafficked each year. We don’t need statistics, however, to tell us what we feel instinctively — individuals and families are suffering tremendously.

Sexual brokenness is a deeply personal issue. Sexuality is an essential aspect of our identity and, as such, contributes significantly to who we understand ourselves to be. If we struggle to form a healthy sense of self because of abuse or exploitation, early sexualization or lies about sex in pornography and the media, we may also struggle to integrate our sexual thoughts and behaviors with our life goals, close relationships and spiritual faith.

If we are honest, we must admit that all of us are sexually broken in some way. None of us perfectly integrate our  thoughts, desires, and actions. This universal condition ought to give us hope. Specifically, we can choose to stand together for hope and healing rather than hide from others in shame. Indeed, our true calling is to live in healthy community with others, and that includes finding ways to honestly and compassionately address the challenges that plague us all.

For many, finding healing from sexual brokenness is not an easy process. Lies about our identity run deep and can be difficult to discover, much less to uproot and destroy. Often, patterns are ingrained, and we struggle to find a different path through daily life. Our addictions may be harmful, but they are familiar and can seem like the only way to cope with life’s pressures.

Yet, there is great hope for restoration. We worship a God who binds up the brokenhearted, heals the sick and raises the dead. Jesus told us that he came so we could have life, and have it in abundance. These are not empty words. Millions move forward on the road of recovery and integrity every day. We walk away from the lies of who we once were and toward the truth of our being as God’s beloved children.

You’ve come to the right place. You will find safety here. Walk with us awhile, and let us lend you a hand if you’ve fallen.

Copyright © 2013, Daniel Weiss. All rights reserved. Used with permission.

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Dig deeper with the following online resources:

Pure Intimacy
Recovering the heart of sexuality

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Demolishing the Strongholds of Pornography
Understanding the real power behind pornography.

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From the Famine of Sexual Addiction to the Feast of Life
The Father through Jesus pierces through our darkness in order to reveal to us our hearts.

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Overcome Porn Addiction: Believe the Truth in the Bible
You cannot find freedom while embracing a lie.

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Laying the Foundation of the Cross in the Healing Process
The Cross of Christ means nothing until it takes your breath away!

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Father, That They May Be One, Just As We Are One
Jesus has asked the Father that we would be one, perfected in unity, as a witness that Jesus really is the way, the truth and the life.

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Why People Remain in Sin and Bondage: Part 1
When we turned to God for answers with this new found, expectant faith, He gave them to us.

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Why People Remain in Sin and Bondage: Part 2
When we turned to God for answers with this new found, expectant faith, He gave them to us.

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(Links are provided for information purposes only and do not necessarily represent an endorsement of all the views expressed in these resources.)