1 Corinthians 6:12 (NLT)
12 You say, �I am allowed to do anything��but not everything is good for you. And even though �I am allowed to do anything,� I must not become a slave to anything.
In this verse the apostle is reminding believers not to become a slave to anything, especially those things that are not good for them. For in Christ we have been freed from sin, but that freedom should not allow one to become entrapped to vices which they find themselves enslaved to.
My wife and I attended a taping of a new format for a Dr. Drew show here in Atlanta. Some of you may know Dr. Drew from TV shows such as his nightly HLN broadcast, Celebrity Rehab and Rehab with Dr. Drew. [Dr. Drew Pinsky is a practicing physician, Board Certified in Internal Medicine, Board Certified in Addiction Medicine and a member of the staff at Huntington Memorial Hospital. Pinsky is also Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the Keck USC School of Medicine. [About Dr. Drew, drdrew.com]]
During the taping of the show Dr. Drew gave audience members a chance to ask questions. An attractive young woman stood up and said she had a question about the relationship with her boyfriend. The woman went on to say her boyfriend had been known as a lady�s man through the years. Dr. Drew asked her if that was still true, to which she responded she didn�t believe so.
Then as Dr. Drew asked her some questions at which point she admitted that her boyfriend had been addicted to having physical relations with the women of his past. She also said he had never been to therapy. Dr. Drew was very compassionate and concerned for her, especially when she said, �I just wonder if I will be good enough for him?�
Ladies, if the question has to asked, �I just wonder if I will be good enough for him�, there is a problem. The problem is you are wondering what it will take for him to be satisfied with you. In this case we are talking about a man who potentially has an addiction to women. If in face he does have an addiction, the cravings of an addiction make a person want more, and more, and more.
This man is enslaved and without help, without freedom for the sin, this man will want more until it consumes their relationship. Will she be enough for him? In his current state, she will never be enough. He will look for and also ask for riskier behaviors. Without treatment he will continue to do so until he finds himself bored and desires more than he has. So yes, she will never be enough, not because of who she is, but because of his problem. She may even find herself entrapped in his sin until she decides she can�t take it any longer at which point the relationship can no longer be sustained.
Her story is a good reminder to not become a slave to anything. The man should never have become a slave to the sin he has participated in and the woman needs to take care she does not become a slave to her boyfriend.
Jesus promises that His burden is light and easy to carry, while sin is crippling to carry.
I read this article a while back, how seeking a relationship with God is often the first step towards leaving an addiction. Secular psychologists question if God is needed in recovery, but as the article explains the evidence speaks for itself: http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702303779504579463251726224232