Dear Friend – by Rachel Joy

Writing Letter

To my Christian friend who struggles with pornography, who is ashamed of the past and who is afraid to share their struggles for fear of being condemned.

Before I break into the main point of this letter,  I would like to give you a little bit of backstory of my life.  I’m a 17 year old girl who has been raised in church. I have never viewed pornography and only know  that it causes invisible scars.  I know that it’s a sin that hurts the hearts of people, and I know that Jesus is sovereign to wipe away those wounds.

This is a letter of encouragement and to tell you my thoughts.

Firstly, please know that I don’t condemn you.

You are a brother or sister in Christ, chosen, pure and washed whiter than snow by the life giving blood of the Lamb. It’s not my job to condemn you. It’s my job to love my neighbor, and you are my neighbor.

I don’t judge you.

We are all human. We make mistakes. But Jesus is still sovereign over our mistakes. When we mess up, He’s right there to make us clean again.

I don’t view you as less.

You are my brother or sister in Christ. We are made equal by His never ending love and righteousness. And I love you as such–as a sibling in Christ.

In fact, you are the heros of our generation.

People who have had struggles with sin, and yet are overcoming it because of Jesus and breaking chains in His name.

You are the future counselors of those who are struggling with the same sins you have. You are the future pastors who can say that Jesus is sovereign and breaks chains–from experience. You are the ones to create prevention programs and be a light in the foreboding darkness of the world.

My friend, you are amazing.

You have a story that Jesus will use to bring glory to his name.

Get up and use that story. Stop being afraid of where you’ve been and what people will say. Speak to that fear using unshakeable faith.

You are made whiter than snow. The chains of the past don’t have to hold you anymore. You can break free by the blood of the Lamb and move forward.

Let your light out my friend. Let it shine into the darkness, because that’s what this generation needs.

We need people who will be lights in the darkness. We need our generation to take off the shackles and shine.

It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.” –Galatians 5:1

In Christ Alone,

~Rachel Joy

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