Perspectives on Lust

Daily Post: Lust

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If you’re still reading, I’m going to see it as an indication you have an open mind, and want to know what the heck this title really means.  Ok, so let’s start with the standard fare of definitions.  “Lust” can function as noun or verb.  In both forms, lust usually describes a condition of very strong sexual desire, or a passionate desire for some thing.  “Desire, sexual appetite, longing, urge, lechery, randiness” are some sexual synonyms for “lust.” “Crave, covet, ache, want, wish for, yearn for, hanker for,” are some synonyms for the passionate “lust” for things.  My professional opinion is that 99% of humanity does not use this term to mean cravings or appetites that are non-sexual.  We don’t say “I’m lusting for an apple.”  Instead we say, “I’m craving an apple,” even if the craving ultimately borders on what the Bible calls “sin.”

In the Google definitions of “lust” there is a highlighted section called “Theology.”  The definition stated under this heading is: ” a sensual appetite regarded as sinful.”  This definition fits both from a human perspective, and a Biblical one.  Humans are wired to be attracted sexually, and within these designs specifications, all of our 5 senses are engaged.  Here’s a few scripture references to keep us focused:

1 John 2:16
For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life, is not from the Father, but is from the world.

Proverbs 6:25
Don’t lust in your heart for her beauty or let her captivate you with her eyelashes.

Galatians 5:16
But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh.

Romans 8:6
For the mind set on the flesh is death, but the mind set on the Spirit is life and peace.

James 1:14-15
But each one is tempted when he is carried away and enticed by his own lust. 

So can we just all agree that the Bible is pretty clear about the distinction of “lust verses love?”  Can we admit that no one (at least no one I know) would ever say, “I lust for more truth from God?”  Even though “desire” and “cravings” are synonyms for “lust,” no one in their right mind would think the following verse had sexual connotations.

Psalm 42:1
As the deer pants for the water brooks, So my soul pants for You, O God.

Yet, the image David paints in this verse, is a deep passionate longing, desire, or craving for more of God.

To repeat: “lust” in today’s world has and will always mean an unhealthy desire, craving, or pursuit of sexual expression, or things which supplant the glory of God in a person’s life.

There is a fine line here, huh?  To desire the glory of God in extreme fashion, at the expense of all other pursuits, is the most natural thing in the world, for the true Christ follower.  Others in the world might see these actions, and attribute some kind of sexual perversion in their interpretation of our lives.  Regardless, does it really matter what other people think, or do you and I give an account of our lives to only ONE Judge?

My uncle Wylie would often say, “Get your mind out of the gutter, you’re crowding me.”  The sexual expression of lost humanity is vividly on display everywhere you turn in this world today, the gutter is quite full.  Lust is often glamorized, exalted, and seen as the most natural of all human expressions.  “Natural” being the operative word here.  For those who are not Christ followers today, each man and woman demonstrates their “natural” lust quite clearly for God to see, deep within their soul, before words are formed, or actions are engaged.  Nothing is hidden, and trust me, God knows whether the actions and attitudes of your life are about Him, and His glory, or you and your lusts.

The pervasive pestilence persists, and there is only ONE cure. (Yesterday’s article)

Lust is the proof.  And there is only one perspective that matters.

God’s.

 

 

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