Daily Devotional: Attraction versus lust

Deuteronomy 5:21

~"You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife. You shall not set your desire on your neighbor’s house or land, his manservant or maidservant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor."~

thumb God created us to be attracted to beauty and to other positive human characteristics. Consequently, feeling physically attracted to a member of the other sex is not necessarily sinful. It’s part of what keeps the human race going. We can be drawn to those of either sex and have rewarding, wholesome relationships with one another.

But there’s a point where looking becomes sin, and attraction turns to lust. The Holy Spirit will help us discern the difference. Lust crosses the line between enjoying the beauty of someone God has created and using that person to selfishly gratify our own desires. Lust begins with impure thoughts about the person, but i seldom stops at that. If a person keeps entertaining these thoughts, they may lead to adultery, use of pornography and, in some cases, even rape.

We can be set free from bondage to lust through confessing that impulse, holding ourselves accountable with another Christian friend [of the same sex!] and being careful to avoid situations that incite sexual temptation.

When was the last time your thoughts toward someone turned lustful? How did you handle it? If you’re still troubled by lust, repent and ask God to replace your lustful thoughts with loving, unselfish ones.

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