Day 19: It's About Gratitude Not Purity
It’s Day 19 of the Challenge, and today we are talking about cultivating thankfulness.
Ephesians 5:3-4 says God’s people should turn away from sexual immorality and impurity, and “instead let there be thanksgiving.” It’s interesting Paul doesn’t say, “instead let there be purity.”
Purity is a fine word, but it really implies the absence of something—a lack of impurities or blemishes. Thanksgiving is about the presence of real joy and gratitude.
When God calls us away from pornography, the goal is not to merely leave a void, but to grow in gratitude for all God has done, is doing, and will do, reshaping our emotional life not around the pleasures we lack but all the good gifts we have.
Read this article about Heath Lambert’s book, Finally Free, all about the vital role gratitude plays in our lives.
Remember: After reading the article, take some time to write down the most memorable take-aways in your 40 Day Challege Journal. Make sure to fill out your self-assessment charts for the day as well.
Question for Reflection:
How can you remember to turn each time of temptation into an opportunity to be grateful?