Just Saying No is Not Enough

” ‘Just say no’ is an insufficient principle.  The strongest man or woman in the world is not nearly strong enough to triumph over his or her sin simply by saying no to it.  What we need is the strength-giving grace occasioned by our saying yes to something else, by our saying yes, and yes, and yes—ceaselessly—to Someone else.  It is not our finally turning away from sin that frees us from sin’s recurrence; rather it is our turning toward Christ–and the mystery of our continuing to turn into Him–that puts sin behind us” (The End of Suffering: Finding Purpose in Pain, Scott Cairns, 67).


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