Carey Lewis Devotions
Monday, April 2nd, 2018
Love... Is Not Lust
For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life, is not from the Father, but is from the world.
1 John 2:16 (NASB)
If love is a spiritual connection to the physical, then lust is a physical connection to the spiritual. Both are transformational: one up, the other down.

If love begins in the heart, then lust begins in the eyes. If love cleanses, then lust corrupts. If love brings freedom, then lust brings chains.

If love results in giving, then lust results in taking: a look, a touch, a bite, a drink, a hit, a buy, a nod, a steal or a bet. Even credit where credit is not due.

Bottom line: no matter what media pretends, no matter how great something looks, no matter how good it feels, no matter how strong your desires...

Don't confuse lust with love. Because the pleasure from lust evaporates quickly, demanding from you more and more--yet leaving you empty.

But the joy from love increases daily, giving to you more and more--never leaving you at all.

Consider some biblical advice about lust:

1. Don't go there. 'Pray that you may not enter into temptation' (Luke 22:40, NASB). 'If sinners entice you, do not consent' (Proverbs 1:10, NASB).

2. Practice self-control. 'I discipline my body and make it my slave, so that, after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified' (1 Corinthians 9:27, NASB)

3. If you go there, repent (turn around) and get out. 'He who covers his sins will not prosper, but whoever confesses and forsakes them will have mercy' (Proverbs 28:13, NKJV).

Therefore, we love.

## Love Series: Love Is Not Lust (Part 3)

P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Love series.

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"I labored, yet not I. By the grace of God, I am what I am, and do what I do' (paraphrase of 1 Corinthians 15:10). I love God's Word. As a late-in-life committed Christian with no Bible training prior to age 51, some people wonder how I'm qualified to write devotions. I wonder that, too. But God loves children and fools for Him. I am both. Ghost Writer? God.

Carey Lewis

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