Lust or Love? (by Tony Griffin)

Posted: October 17, 2014 in Articles, Religion
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Let us walk properly, as in the day, not in revelry and drunkenness, not in lewdness and lust, not in strife and envy. But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfill its lusts. Romans 13:13–14

The dictionary defines the word “lust” as “an intense and unrestrained craving, an overwhelming desire.” Synonyms include obsession, longing, yearning, hunger, and thirst. There isn’t any specific mention of sexuality because lust is much bigger than the sexual sin we usually associate with it. Lust can be found in fans who never miss their favorite team’s games. We witness lust in the shopping sprees that only meet desires, not needs. And we can see lust in those who pursue relationships for the sole sake of filling a sense of emptiness that only God can fill. Sadly, many relationships (even non-sexual ones) are built on lust.

We can also see lust by looking at what it isn’t. If lust has an exact opposite, it’s God’s love, and this is how God defines it in His Word:

Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. 1 Corinthians 13:4–7

What a divine difference between lust and love! So let me ask you a few questions as you form your friendships and relationships: Would you rather have lust or love as your foundation? Is it better to have demonstrative, unruly, selfish, mean, and false relationships, or do you want to be part of relationships that are patient, considerate, hospitable, and true? Do you want to connect yourself to people who will cut and run once they get what they want, or would you rather have relationships with those who will stay by your side through thick and thin, demonstrating a love that never fails? The answers are obvious, and so is the need to build our relationships on God’s love instead of our lust.

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