Posted on Sunday, June 24, 2012
Todd Hunter’s Our Favorite Sins: The Sins We Commit & How You Can Quit
Diving into Hunter’s book gives us freedom to acknowledge our struggles…
“Beating temptation requires struggle because it always involves sorting out rightly ordered desires for good and godly things from our disordered desires for wrong things. We often experience these disordered desires as our most powerful and deeply rooted desires. Uprooting disordered desires involves personal, psychological, and spiritual suffering.”
…struggles that don’t come easy and temptations that don’t fall willingly…
“A further problem with uncontrolled desire is that when we will do anything, whatever it takes, to fulfill a desire, we multiply sin. We harm those around us in pursuit of what we want. Our moment-by-moment, weekly, and monthly disappointments generate an unpleasant temper, a bad mood that then gets worked out on all those around us.”
…but, if we don’t deal with our sins we wound ourselves, and those we love…
“We inadvertently create and carry around with us a spiritual atmosphere that is toxic to our loved ones.”
…Dealing with temptations is not light work…
“There is no progress in reordering strong desire for evil that does not include suffering…”
…but, when we’re honest, the work is less torturous and fatal than we imagine and fear.
You don’t have to have what you want! It will not kill you to deprive yourself of it. Try it. Don’t look lustfully at someone. Did you die? Tell the truth on your expense account. Did you keel over dead? Of course not. But let’s be honest here: we often feel as though we will die if we don’t express the strong desires within us. “
Hunter recommends that s we face our disordered desires and temptations we utilize hope, vision-casting, planning ahead, and assessing what’s working as tools to help us succeed. He explains the importance of an awareness of Jesus Christ’s presence as well as the Holy Spirit’s presence in our lives.
My only disappointment with Todd Hunter’s Our Favorite Sins is that my copy did not have a study guide for personal reflection and group discussion. This is a very good book to prompt discussion and to initiate humble accountability.
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