Love Vs. Lust

For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. I John 2:16 (KJV)

Many people equate the word lust with impure sexual desires. While it does refer to that in some instances, the definition of the word lust also includes the following: a passionate or overmastering desire or craving. An example is the lust for power. Lust is of the enemy and is contrary to love. Love gives, while lust takes. Let’s compare love and lust side by side. I have listed many noticeable contrasts between the two.

Love Lust

  • Of God Of the devil

  • Eternal Temporal

  • Strengthens Weakens

  • Satisfies Frustrates

  • Inner Outer

  • Deeper Cheaper

  • Leads on right path Leads on wrong path

  • Enhances relationships Destroys relationships

  • Thinks of God/ others Thinks of self

  • Right focus Wrong focus

  • Gives dignity Steals dignity

  • Values people De-values people

  • Promotes self-worth Promotes shame

  • Helps Hurts and hinders

  • Good brain change Wrong brain change

  • Releases creativity Destroys creativity

  • Enlightens Darkens

  • Blesses Curses

  • Life Death

  • Brings pleasure Brings misery

  • Heals Wounds

  • Gives Takes

  • Right Wrong

  • Fills Empties

  • Saves Invades

  • Frees Enslaves

  • Covers Exposes

  • Waits Rushes

  • Spiritual Sensual

  • Rebuilds/ restores Ruins/ demolishes

  • Supports the Word Chokes the Word

  • Never fails Never wins

It’’s obvious that love is the better way to go. Let’s shun lust and unhealthy desires and choose to walk in God’s love. If we do, we will always be on the winning side.

Philippians 4:19

Philippians 4:19

Rivers in the Desert

Rivers in the Desert