Compulsions push and pull,
Coerce and compel.
Then they try to tell you
All is well.
There’s noting wrong
With going along.
Then they unleash guilt
When you do.
Compulsive behaviors are not free choices. They are an act of surrender to inner coercion. If you let compulsions make you do things you don’t want to do, then you’re in bondage to them.
It’s not enough to “Just say no,” to compulsions. Say no, resist, persist in resistance, get help, get up every time you give in.
Compulsions are a paradox, that talk freedom but lead to bondage. Compulsion and self-control don’t coexist. One eliminates the other. The Bible says self-control is the gift of the Holy Spirit.
Biblical freedom is the ability to say no to your desires, feelings, and habits. Freedom of speech isn’t in the Bible. Instead we’re told to rejoice when we’re persecuted.
The living Jesus makes inner compulsions noncompulsory. That’s true freedom! The Bible says that Jesus lives inside His followers. To hang out with Jesus we need to look and listen within.
A Christ-follower by definition is someone who is led by the living Jesus. To follow Jesus you need to let Him personally lead you. Follow and obey Him, not compulsions. That’s real freedom!