Day 9: Is Porn Addictive?

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Day 9: Is Porn Addictive?

It’s Day 9 of the Challenge, and today we continue our look at the negative impact of porn on the brain.

Can porn be “addictive”? Evidence from the field of neuroscience shows us that it is. Porn addiction is a behavioral addiction, and knowing this can provide us a powerful motivation to avoid porn at all costs.

Notice Paul’s use of the word “members” (that is, the physical members of his body) in Romans 7: “For I delight in the law of God, in my inner being, but I see in my members another law waging war against the law of my mind and making me captive to the law of sin that dwells in my members” (Rom. 7:22-23). When we are hooked on pornography, deep in our hearts we may desire to please God, but rooted in the physical members of our body (including our brains) we have ingrained sinful habits.

The good news is that change is possible. Only a few verses later Paul writes that the Holy Spirit dwells in us giving life to our mortal bodies (8:11), and by the power of the Spirit we can “put to death the deeds of the body” (8:13). Given time, God can and will change our habits and heal our minds.

Action Step

Video playWatch “Is Porn Addictive?” As you watch, remember Paul’s words in Romans 7 and 8. Though porn is addictive (like a lot of things can be), we can take courage in knowing God is bigger than our addictions.

PenRemember: After watching this video, take some time to write down the most memorable take-aways in your 40 Day Challenge Journal. Make sure to fill out your self-assessment charts for the day as well.

Question for Reflection:

In what way does this information help to make sense of your own experiences?


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