“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…
But the fruit of the Spirit is love…” (1 Jn 2:15-17; Gal 5:22)
Lust and love are opposites but have similar definitions. Many confuse lust with true love. Love is spiritual and lust is fleshly. Love is of God and lust is of the devil. There is no middle ground.
Lust is defined as an intense desire in the body or in the soul (mind, emotions and will). Lust will not rest until it possesses its object of infatuation. The source of lust is sin. Lust can be sexual or otherwise but it is always an impatient craving, a longing that cannot rest or wait for its fulfillment. The devil takes advantage of the natural lust and reinforces it until it becomes more and more desperate and evil.
Love is also an intense desire but its source is the Holy Spirit manifesting in the human spirit. Love is a fruit of the Holy Spirit. Once the seed of love germinates, its overflow will influence the soul (mind, emotions and will) and also the body. True love is a gift from God. It is available only to the born again child of God. It cannot be bought with money and cannot be sold. Love is sacrificial, generous and holy.
In the Bible sexual lust is always defined as sin. It has to power to defile the mind and the heart. Sexual desire is good; it is a gift from God. But when it is separated from God’s love, it becomes selfish and wicked. That is lust, a fake, fleshly, worldly sinful ‘love’.
One of the most successful lies of the devil is that you need to experience lust and ‘to fall in love’ so that you get married. Millions of singles are trapped into this snare. They look around and pray for acceptable religious lust to come. Except the Holy Spirit reveals the evil of this deception, you will never see your need for a change. Love and lust may resemble occasionally in their manifestations, but their roots and foundations are far from each other as heaven is from the earth. Pray for discernment! Pray for the leading of the Holy Spirit into all truth!
LOVE IS A GODLY INSPIRING CHAMPION
LUST IS A FAKE COWARD AND A LOSER
“You have heard that it was said to those of old: ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ But I say to you that whoever looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart” (Mt 5:27, 28)
The point of entrance of the demon of lust is thru the eyes. The background of the lust ‘drama’ is the world, the system of things running outside the acknowledgment of God. In the world, lust is one of its princes, a spoiled brat, erratic and wild. It has no mercy and no wisdom. The fleshy eyes are busy with looking but never satisfied with what they see. The heart is then filled with the images of visible things, but never comes to rest. Lust is always proud and rebellious. Lust is the poison of peace and the enemy of God.
One of the greatest deceptions of the devil is to convince us that the world system is not so bad. Then be become foolish enough to accept salvation from Jesus but continue to be influenced by the world in our daily life. We are all sinful at birth. The natural man loves and is attracted by the visible things. As children of God we are commanded to reject the magnetic attraction, the addiction of this drug called lust. It is battle unto death. Lust is poison to the mind and to the emotions. If a man cannot pay the price for true love, and uses lust to win the heart of a woman, that man is a wicked coward and a fool.
“There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear” (4:18)
In contrast, true love comes by the Holy Spirit as a deposit in your own spirit, in a place that is much deeper than your mind can ever conceive. The love of God comes wrapped in peace and joy. Rest is its strength and wisdom its signature. To appreciate and receive the love of God you have to defeat the demon of lust thru spiritual warfare. All true lovers are champions, worthy leaders of holy inspiration. Lust may be powerful, intoxicating and extremely pleasant. But its major weakness is that it does not last. Lust is temporary. Anyone who ‘falls in love’ thru lust, testifies that one day, the experience disappeared as quickly as it came. It left nothing good behind, except the bitter taste of regret, the lasting wound of failure and the feel of failure and broken dreams. Except for the mercy of God, any marriage that has lust for its foundation will end up in divorce.
Lust starts strong but slowly, daily, it loses its strength, passion and romance. That is why lust is always combined with the fear of losing its best treasure. But perfect love drives out all fears of separation, of disappointment of failure. Pray for your marriage until you are free from the fear of its future. Pray until your marriage is baptized in Hope, stable and pure, a spiritual ministry and holy inspiration.
In contrast, true love may start slowly and quietly, but it gains strength each day, each second. God ‘keeps the best for the last’ (Jn 2:10). The sweetness of love in a mature marriage cannot compare with the youthful love of past decades. I speak from the Word of God and from personal experience. Love gets better with time. What a wonderful provision! What a joyful, exciting journey! What a privilege to love as Jesus loves! ‘Love never fails!’ (1Cor 13:8). Chose love! Reject the loser! Chose life!
In Christ I declare:
I love God!
I hate lust and an all evil!
Jesus Christ is my first and eternal love!
I love as Jesus loves me!
I love my husband with the overflow of the Holy Spirit!
I love my children!
I love my neighbor as I love myself!
In Jesus name