BY MARTY FIELD
Mental health professionals say that everyone has a tendency to be addicted to something. We hear the word addiction and immediately think that it has to do with drugs, alcohol or other destructive behaviors. Often times we overlook the fact that people become addicted to an entire world of things.
Believe it or not, according to leading Christian counselors and therapists, many Christians become addicted to things as strange as guilt, loneliness and even worry. I know it seems weird, but Christians are highly prone to addictive behaviors. This is very scary because the devil knows this and uses it to his advantage.
Why? Why do Christians get addicted to behaviors like guilt and worry? Well, think about it. It all has to do with sin and control.
First, let’s look at sin.
Sin - (verb) to offend against a principle, standard, etc. - dictionary.com
Why look at sin as a verb? Well, it’s quite simple. Committing a sin is what separates you from your Heavenly Father. Your Heavenly Father loved you enough to send His Son to die for your sin. Therefore, when you “offend against a principle (God)”, you can have a feeling of guilt. The more that you think about it, the more it can hold you down. The more it holds you down, the more there is for the devil to use.
He has removed our sins as far from us as the east is from the west. Ps 103:12 - NLT
This is a pretty hard concept to grasp sometimes. We see how bad our sin is, and we know how we would feel if someone sinned against us. Knowing that we sinned against God, and knowing He has forgiven us can reap havoc on our emotional well-being if we can’t let it go. Instead of that feeling of guilt for a gift we can never repay, praise Him and share His immense forgiveness with everyone you meet!
Second, let’s tackle the control issue.
We need control! We have to have it! It really is like a drug for many Christians. We know that God has ultimate control over the universe, but we believe that it’s only when we give it to Him.
In his hand is the life of every living thing and the breath of all mankind. Job 12:10 ESV
Why with such reassurance, would we not let go and let God? When we take our eyes off of the truth that He is in control, we lose sight of Him and believe once again that we are doing things alone. When we believe that we are doing things alone, we begin to worry and can become very addicted to that behavior. It can control us down to our daily actions and constant thoughts.
“Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble." Matthew 6:34 ESV
Like alcohol and drugs, much of our addictive behavior is fueled by our own doing. When we understand that knowing what the forgiveness of sin is and who is really in control, we can become addicted to Him!
What are you addicted to?
Marty Field loves Jesus, his beautiful wife, and his amazing kids. He is a minister, a teacher, partner in crime with Matt Coker, and part time bare knuckle boxer. He enjoys hunting, golfing, and surviving cancer. You can contact him at @martymoosefield.