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Lent Day 10: Bondage and Rebellion

One of the hardest things about addiction to both good and bad things is admitting that we are addicted.  As human beings we are constantly making excuses for our choices.  We tell ourselves that the issue isn’t really that big of a deal, and often have friends telling us the same thing.  In relationships we often validate each others addictive behavior in order to feel better about our own behavior. 

 T.C. Muck n his book, Sins of the Body explains the two main aspects of addiction.  He states, “Addictive behavior is both a disease and a choice—bondage and rebellion. Therefore, we want to get to the root of the disease—the trauma, pain, rejection, poor parenting that the child received, etc. In this, the child had no choice; he is in bondage to the sins of others. But we must face concurrently the choices the addict has made along the road—choices toward sin. If both sides of the problem aren’t confronted, change is impossible.”

Bondage and Rebellion.  These two words are very helpful in this process of taking a deeper look at addiction.  In order to get on the other side of addiction long-term, we have to be willing to consider what has happened in our past that has lead us to our vices.  In order to heal pain we have to access it and allow God to break the bondage.  Rebellion is a more difficult thing to consider because it involves me.  I have to take an honest assessment of my life and consider what addictive behavior I am engaging in that is my responsibility.   All of this is properly framed in believing that God can heal our deepest wounds and give us the strength to overcome temptation. 

2 replies on “Lent Day 10: Bondage and Rebellion”

Thanks for this one. Mike and I are working on our diet and this is helpful. This weekend in a Bible class we heard about taking every thought captive Violently and throw it down like a police officer takes down a criminal . Rebellion is where we have the hardest time with food.

Sheree – glad to head that ya’ll are working on diet. It’s amazing the effect our eating can have on so many aspects of our lives. Rebellion is difficult for me too. It is so easy to justify. I like visual of throwing our rebellious thoughts down like a criminal. That will be good to remember in the moment. Greet Mike for me. Shawn

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