We all have them in some form. Filters. For our air and water, both in the natural and designed by people. Also for our fuel, homes, cameras, aquariums, pools, computers (both virtual and hardware), and so on. They share a common general purpose. They are designed to strain out impurities. We take them for granted until they are compromised. Unless we are the ones doing the compromising.
“A little here. A little there. Not a big deal. After all, I am human right? I’ll get my act together soon. But just one more time enjoying this indulgent thought, or that outwardly appearing innocent slip. We all make mistakes,”
Said the man enslaved by pornography.
Said the woman enslaved by a love for money.
Or vice versa. You get the idea.
It begins with filters being bypassed. Only slightly at first. Then gradually more. Until the filters are disabled, removed, and thrown into the trash heap.
I’m in the process of repairing and restoring my filters, relying on God to help me by his Holy Spirit. How about you? If you think the question does not apply to you, then you better be alarmed. A filter is out of order and requires your immediate attention. Proverbs 4:23 Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life (NRSV).