Pornography is more widely available than ever before. And because it’s so easy to find, more and more people are getting caught up in it—even Christians. Christians know to try and avoid uncleanness, but we are all human, and all of us stumble along the way sometimes. If you’ve been struggling with looking at pornography, know that there is a way out and you can regain your freedom. Here’s how you can do it.
Ask God for Help
Start by having an honest talk with God about your struggles. Admit that you’ve done things wrong, and say that you want to do better. This might be hard to do if you’re feeling ashamed, but when you honestly repent, God will always take you back—always.
Reflect on Your Faith Every Day
Take some time every morning to think about what your faith means to you and how you want it to inform the way you live. “Checking in” every day will help you steer yourself in the right direction.
Find Like-Minded People to Share Your Struggles With
Pornography addiction is a common problem, and you might be surprised who else you know who struggles with it. If you have a close, trustworthy friend who shares your faith, or who wants to overcome the same problem, ask them to help keep you strong and accountable. If you’re married, you can also help your spouse to help you with accountability.
Avoid Situations That Make You Want to Relapse
Every addiction comes with its own set of “triggers”—feelings or situations that make you want to relapse. Recognizing the triggers of your addiction is one of the key steps in quitting porn. Try to recognize the times when you feel tempted, and do your best to avoid those situations.
Remind Yourself How Pornography Makes You Feel
When you’re feeling tempted to look at pornography, imagine how you’ll feel afterward. Remind yourself that you don’t have to follow through on the urge. “Playing the tape forwards” can be a beneficial tool in avoiding relapses.
Find Healthier Activities to Do When You Are Tempted
There are plenty of healthy ways to cope when you feel like looking at pornography. Try reading the Bible, going for a run, or seeking out the company of someone you care about. You can do all you can to resist temptation by killing it with simple truths.
When All Else Fails, Pray
God is always there for you, and all you have to do to get in touch is pray. When the temptation is strong, praying can help you remember that, with God on your side, you’re even stronger.
Pornography addiction is real, but you don’t have to be stuck with it forever. With God’s help, you can overcome this problem and recover your inner strength for a pornography-free life.
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