1 John 2:16 “For everything in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—comes not from the Father but from the world.”

Lust: and its three(3) classifications

What is lust?

Lust is a strong desire for something which could be intense longing for sexual desire, someone or something which can drive man to actions that are considered unrighteous because the are selfish undermining moral standards, because they lack the self control, discipline, the knowledge of God enough to overcome lust or, they just don’t care.

By loosing to our lustfully desires, we are doing to ourselves more harm than good.

In this article we are going to discuss the three (3) classifications of lust according to the book of “John 2:16” which classified lust into three(3)

  1. The lust of the flesh
  2. The lust of the eye
  3. And the pride of life

Is Lust sin?

Lust is a sin, for it is often associated with sinful desires, particularly when it leads to actions that are harmful, exploitative, or contrary to moral teachings.

The Bible addresses lust in several passages, such as in the teachings of Jesus in the New Testament, where he warns against lusting after someone in one’s heart. The apostle Paul also discusses the dangers of lust in his letters.

The lust that leads to adultery, exploitation, or other harmful behaviors is generally considered sinful in Christian teachings.

However, it’s important to note that Christianity also emphasizes forgiveness, redemption, and the possibility of repentance for sins, including lustful thoughts or actions.

What is the lust of the flesh?

The “lust of the flesh” is the strong desires and cravings of the physical body, particularly those related to sensual or physical pleasures. It is often associated with the pursuit of gratification through physical appetites, such as food, drink, sexual pleasure, and other physical indulgences. The “lust of the flesh” is a negative force that can lead to sinful or immoral behavior, and it is often contrasted with spiritual or moral virtues.

What is the lust of the Eye?

The “lust of the eye” is a term often used, to refer to the strong desire for material possessions, wealth, or anything that is visually appealing. It is associated with the temptation to covet or desire things based on their outward appearance, beauty, or perceived value. In some religious teachings, the “lust of the eye” is seen as a negative force that can lead to greed, envy, and materialism, and it is often contrasted with the pursuit of spiritual or moral values. This concept is often discussed in relation to the “lust of the flesh” and the “pride of life” as sources of temptation and moral struggle.

The Pride of life

Please click on this link to read about the pride of life, then you check back to read how to overcome lust

How to overcome lust?

Overcoming lust can be a challenging process, but it is possible with effort and determination. Here are strategies that will help:

  1. Self-awareness: Recognize and acknowledge the presence of lustful thoughts or behaviors. Understanding your triggers and patterns can help you take steps to address them.
  2. Purity: The state of being clean, and free from contamination or impurities. It can also refer to the state of being unspoiled, innocent, or morally upright. Philippians 4:8 “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.”
  3. Seek support: Consider talking to a trusted friend, family member, or a professional about your struggles. Support from others can provide encouragement and accountability.
  4. Set boundaries: Establish clear boundaries for yourself, whether it’s avoiding certain situations or setting limits on your behavior. This may involve avoiding certain websites, limiting social media use, or avoiding physical contact with people who trigger lustful feelings. “Matthew 5:29-30 “And if thy right eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell. And if thy right hand offend thee, cut it off, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell.”
  5. Practice self-control: Develop self-discipline and self-control to resist impulsive or lustful urges. This may involve redirecting your thoughts, engaging in healthy activities, or finding positive outlets for your energy. “1 Corinthians 9:24-27, 24 Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. 25 Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. 26 Therefore I do not run like someone running aimlessly; I do not fight like a boxer beating the air. 27 No, I strike a blow to my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize.”
  6. Focus on personal growth: Invest time and energy in activities that promote personal growth, such as hobbies, exercise, meditation, or spiritual practices.
  7. Reframe your thoughts: Challenge lustful thoughts by challenging their underlying assumptions. Ask yourself if these thoughts are realistic, helpful, or aligned with your values. Replace negative thoughts with positive ones that focus on your strengths, goals, and values. Reflecting on your values can help guide your behavior and decision-making.
  8. Seek spiritual guidance: Seeking guidance from a spiritual leader or engaging in practices that align with the word of God will help overcome lust.

It’s important to remember that overcoming lust is a journey, and it may involve setbacks and challenges. Be patient with yourself and seek help if you find yourself struggling.

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