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Over the years, many different kinds of addictions have surfaced. Alcohol, drugs, and pornography are the ones people think of most, however there are others that can be just as devastating. One of these addictions is cutting.
Cutting, or self injury, is when someone takes a sharp object and cuts into one’s own skin. This gives them a temporary feeling of release through the sensation of pain. Again, this sensation is temporary. Like the alcoholic, the cutter continues to go back for more. So what can we do about this? For all of life’s big questions, we can turn to the Bible. So what does the Bible say about cutting?
In most cases, the cutter is suffering from depression, and the feeling that things are never going to get better. Psalm 27:14 tells us; “Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.” God never promised that life would be without problems, however He does promise love, and to be with us. Romans 5:8 says; “But God demonstrates His own love for us in this; while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” We have a Savior in Jesus Christ. Philippians 4:13 states; “I can do all things through Him who gives me strength.” Paul wrote this letter while in prison. Even in captivity, Paul had strength through Christ. Cutting is an addiction, and addiction is a form of captivity. The only way out is through Christ.
The cutter thinks many terrible things that fuel the addiction. They feel unaccepted. However, God accepts them. Ephesians 2:13 says; “But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near by the blood of Christ.” God loves us and accepts us. He sent his only begotten Son to die for our sins. If you suffer from the addiction of cutting, stop and rely on the grace of God.
Walk in Christ Ministries is a Christ-like Family Life Crisis Ministry. For more information on Walk in Christ Ministries, check out http://www.walkinchrist.net. Colossians 2:6 states “As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him.” Ask yourself, are you walking in Christ?