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By   •   August 9, 2011

Q:

I've gotten myself into a hole financially because I just can't seem to say no when I go shopping. I love to shop, and it's only later that I stop to think about the consequences. I know this isn't a spiritual issue, but maybe you can suggest something.


A:

In reality, this is a spiritual issue — because God is concerned about everything that concerns us. If you have children, you know you’re concerned about everything that might harm them — and in a far greater way, God is concerned about everything that might harm us.

God also knows — far more than you do, frankly — just how destructive your addiction to shopping could become. Not only does it hurt you financially, but it has made you a slave of something you can’t seem to control — and that is wrong. God doesn’t want us to destroy ourselves, and anything that threatens to do this is a sin. Jesus warned, “Everyone who sins is a slave to sin” (John 8:34).

Have you ever asked yourself why you get such pleasure out of spending money for things you don’t really need? I don’t know the answer; it may even take the wisdom of a gifted counselor to help you understand your deeper motivations. But don’t back away from seeking an answer; it may be the first step toward solving your problem.

But the most important step you can take is to commit this problem — and your whole life — to Jesus Christ. He loves you, and He wants to help you deal with this issue. Open your heart and life to Him, and let Him set your feet on a new path — a path of responsibility and freedom and new life.

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