Love is Not Lust

1 John 2:17

The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever.

1 Peter 2:16-17

Live as free people, but do not use your freedom as a cover-up for evil; live as God’s slaves. Show proper respect to everyone, love the family of believers, fear God, honor the emperor.

It is quite natural for us to be attracted to someone else.  In fact, this is a good thing and it was something God created as good.  We are to enjoy the feelings that God gave us.  Far too often sexuality has been portrayed as dirty or wrong within Christianity.  In fact it is quite the opposite.  It is a beautiful thing which God has given us.

All of that being said, far too often we mistake lust for love.  Lust attempts to take all of the “good” things about love without having the relationship, commitment, intimacy, etc.  What it actually does is remove all of the good things about love and reduces it to a feeling of passion that is gone in a moment.

Lust is perhaps Satan’s oldest tactic.  He takes something good and perverts it into something bad.  What happened in the Garden of Eden?  Genesis 3:6 tells us “When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye…”  Lust causes us to desire something that is not good for us within a certain context.  Eve was tempted by what she saw as the fruit was “pleasing to the eye.”

It is easy to get caught up in lust because the emotion is so strong.  We think that we can satisfy this desire quickly and easily.  But when lust is satisfied, its enjoyment is very fleeting.  When Eve ate the fruit, it may have looked good and it may have tasted good, but immediately after consuming it, there was regret as she and Adam realized that they were naked.

Unfortunately there is no easy or quick fix to the battle against lust.  We need to continually remind ourselves that it will not fulfill our need for love however.  We need relationships and intimacy and that is not satisfied within lust, no matter how strongly our passions may try to fool us into believing so.  Fulfilled lust will quickly leave us feeling empty once again and our sins will be exposed before God, just as Adam and Eve realized that they were naked.

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