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Day 24 - Love vs Lust

Day 24 - Love vs Lust

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    Day 24—Love vs Lust

     

    “End it now.  Identify every object of lust in your life and remove it.  Single out every lie you've swallowed in pursuing forbidden pleasure and reject it.  Lust cannot be allowed to live in a back bedroom.  It must be killed and destroyed - today - and replaced with the sure promises of God and a heart filled with His perfect love.”

     

    Lust defined in this chapter is opposite of love. It means to set your heart and passions on something forbidden. “For a believer it’s the first step out of fellowship with the Lord and with others. That’s because very object of your lust—whether it’s a young coworker or a film actress, or coveting a half-million dollar house or a sports car—represents the beginnings of a lie. This person or thing that seems to promise sheer satisfaction is more like a bottomless pit of unmet longings.”

     

    My eyes have been opened in this journey to what I have lusted for—nicer house, different job, more money, and a guy that does not belong to me. It is completely selfish and I have come to realize that those things are just a misguided thirst for satisfaction that only God can fulfill. God will provide me with what I need. He knows the desires of our hearts—desires that come from a pure heart not a misguided one.

     

    “Lust will make you dissatisfied with your spouse. It breeds anger, numbs hearts, and destroys marriages. Rather than fullness, it leads to emptiness.” That cannot be any TRUER. Anger and a numb heart led me to a place I should had never gone, which ultimately led to emptiness—lost friendships and on the road to a lost marriage. However, that emptiness was the start of the hardest journey I have ever been on in my 28 years and is leading me to an everlasting joy amidst heartache. If I could take back the hurt I have caused, I would in a heartbeat, but I honestly would not take back this journey because I would not be where I am with God without it. Every day is insanely emotionally draining, but He gives me strength to get through it and I know each day He is molding me more and more.

     

    I still have mind battles, but instantly give it to God. My eyes and heart are set on my husband and I cannot let lust get in the way of that. Lust is the best this world has to offer, but love offers you the best life in the world!

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