Sponges absorb & express. That’s what they do. When you put it on or in liquid, it sucks it up and spits it out when there is too much pressure or it just drips it out when there is too much liquid.
I don’t buy into these excuses when it comes to watching or reading anything with mild or explicit sexual content…
“It’s just a movie/song/show/etc…”
“it’s just one time”
“It’s not that big of a deal”
What you absorb through the sponge of your heart is going to drip out and express itself somewhere.
Proverbs 6:27-29Living Bible (TLB)
27 Can a man hold fire against his chest and not be burned? 28 Can he walk on hot coals and not blister his feet? 29 So it is with the man who commits adultery with another’s wife. He shall not go unpunished for this sin.
We can’t lie to ourselves. What comes in our minds & hearts is going to come out at some point. If I allow what comes out to be more hurtful than helpful and I do nothing about it, I create a habit that fuels the fire that is consuming my life.
A good question to ask is, “WHAT COMES OUT WHEN THE PRESSURE IS OUT?” What “comes out” when I get angry? What “comes out” when I get worried? What “comes out” when I get that itch that needs to be satisfied? Having the “feeling” is just as much sin as acting on that feeling. The sponge of our heart expresses SIN, not because we are absorbing it externally but because we produce it naturally internally. The amazing part is not that Jesus CAN help us but that He actually WANTS to help us.
Before there was commercials of colorful bears complaining about the quality of the toilet paper, people used “other” means of cleanliness. The Romans used to use sponges attached to sticks that helped them wipe away their feces. The also dipped the sponges in a vinegar solution to sanitize it. A Roman soldier happened to take a nearby sponge, dip it into a vinegar solution, and gave it to Jesus as he hung on the cross because he said he was thirsty.
Could that sponge be the kind of sponges that the Romans used for toilet paper?
If it was, it paints a perfect picture of Jesus taking all of our CRAP on the cross. Unlike drinking from that dirty sponge, Jesus did absorb the full punishment of our sins and for the past 2,000 years has been EXPRESSING love, forgiveness, and salvation to all who believe.
I choose not to allow unchecked SIN or immorality in my life, not so I won’t CAUGHT but because I’ve been BOUGHT by the blood of Jesus. No one time fling can ever compare to the eternal LIFE that I have now. I love Him more.
What are other warning signs that we might EXPRESS externally that hint to the fact that something must be wrong internally?