Sunday, June 20, 2010

What is lust?

The difference between love and lust is pretty easy right? Usually when someone talks about lust in Christian circles, it usually pertains to sexual things (pornography, nudity, gratuity etc.). But what really is lusting? Surely is has more meaning that simply sexual things. Lets look at the dictionary meaning:

1. Intense or unrestrained sexual craving.
2. a. An overwhelming desire or craving: a lust for power.
b. Intense eagerness or enthusiasm: a lust for life.
3. Obsolete Pleasure; relish.
intr.v. lust·ed, lust·ing, lusts
To have an intense or obsessive desire, especially one that is sexual.

Lust for power: now, let's look at some of the kings of the Old Testament. Like Manasseh, the most wicked of all kings. His father Hezekiah was one of the best, but Manasseh did not follow suit. Tragically he killed several God followers and prophets. He wanted power over Jerusalem. Queen Athaliah wanted all in David's kingdom dead, in order to get power. And several more.

lust for life: now, this is usually not very frowned upon, as most lust is. Perhaps it could be someone who lives each day like it was their last. (cliff jumping, bungee, dangerous things etc.) Or someone just enthusiastic and glad to be alive (ever meet these people? Ever notice many think they are on some kind of drugs or are usually ski instructors?)

Intense sexual drive: well, there's a difference between liking a potential mate and lusting after them. When you like a girl, you think she's attractive, has a nice smile and a good body. Usually nothing more. When you lust, it goes a little far: describing in detail their bodily attributes and what you want to do with them in a sexual way. Strongly desiring something like that is lust. Or having a strong desire for ANYTHING can be lust. "I really want the iPad by any means." ( I really dont, the iPad looks LAME, but my point being).

Look at your desires, ask God if they are lust.

Lust comes in many forms: pornography, shopping (yes! addictive shopping can be. If you want more "stuff") and many others. Look at your life. Lust is a dangerous slope to be walking on.

Get on the straight and narrow

JTI over and out.