We ought always to thank God for you, brothers, and rightly so, because your faith is growing more and more, and the love every one of you has for each other is increasing.
-2 Thessalonians 1:3 NIV
One of the problems with addictions or habitual sins is that they tend to cause you to shy away from people. You tend to be a loner. And that is because you feel shame. You think that you are unlovable because of your habitual sins and therefore, you don’t give love either.
You wall yourself up so much that, even when you are with friends or family, you are too guarded to connect with them.
But as we grow in Christ, as we overcome our habits and addictions, we notice that we become much more lovable. People are excited to see us and we are excited to see others. As we grow in our faith, we grow in our sense of family with our brothers and sisters in Christ.
Remember that you need others to help you stay out of the sin that has weighed you down for so long. Don’t be a loner anymore.
Matthew Coker is a Media Director at a church in his hometown, where he also is a leader at a Celebrate Recovery program. He’s a huge comic book nerd, Whovian, and Funko Pop Collector. Matthew and his wife live in New Mexico.