What is Lust? Part-2

Seven Deadly Sins

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Nov 6, 2009
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Lust has the opposite effect of love. Aristotle's criterion was excessive love of others, which therefore rendered love and devotion to God as secondary.
Consuming in its very essence, it rots away at anything that was once considered pure or moral.
Giving in to lusts can lead to sexual or sociological compulsions and/or transgressions including (but not limited to) sexual addiction, fornication, adultery, bestiality, rape, perversion, and incest.
In 1589, Peter Binsfeld paired each of the deadly sins with a demon, who tempted people by means of the associated sin. According to Binsfeld's classification, Asmodeus is the demon for Lust (luxuria).

In Christianity

Lust is sin (Matthew 5:28) and sin is death (Romans 6:23). 
Jesus said, "But I say to you that whoever looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart" (Matthew 5:28 NKJV).  According to God, that's the same as committing the act.


The Bible speaks of lust in several ways.
Matthew 5:28, "But I say, anyone who even looks at a woman with lust in his eye has already committed adultery with her in his heart."

Job 31:11-12 sums up lust quite nicely:
"For lust is a shameful sin, a crime that should be punished. It is a devastating fire that destroys to hell. It would wipe out everything I own."

Lust is about possession and greed.


In Islam, lascivious glances and thoughts are wrong. As the Prophet Mohammed once said, "The fornication of the eyes is to look with lust; the fornication of the tongue is to speak lustful things; the fornication of the hands is to touch with lust; the fornication of the feet is to walk towards lust; the fornication of the heart is to desire evil."

What lust does to us?

Lust has many destructive effects.  The most serious effect is that lust corrupts our ability to love God. 
John explained that lust is a way of loving the world.
He wrote, "Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world--the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life--is not of the Father but is of the world. And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever" (1 John 2:15-17 NKJV).    Lust cripples our ability to give and receive love, and blocks God's love from working in us. 
Other effects of lust include slavery to sin, dissatisfaction, blocked blessings, separation from God, ruin, self-hatred and hardening of our heart.

What should do?

The goal of each person who has put his/her faith in Jesus Christ is to become more and more like Him each day. This means putting off the old way of life of which sin was in control, and conforming one's thoughts and actions to the standard put forth in Scripture. Lust is in opposition to this ideal.

Nobody will ever be perfect or attain sinless ness while still on this earth, yet it is still a goal for which we strive.
The Bible makes a very strong statement regarding this in 1 Thessalonians 4:7-8, "God has called us to be holy, not to live impure lives. Anyone who refuses to live by these rules is not disobeying human rules but is rejecting God, who gives his Holy Spirit to you." If lust has not yet gripped your heart and mind, ready yourself through a life lived above reproach to combat the temptations of lust. If you currently struggle with lust, it is time to come clean before God and ask for His intervention in your life, so that holiness can be a mark of your life as well.
Regular prayer, Good Company, Gospel, hard workings, good thinking can keep away someone from lust.


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