A reflection on lust

Reflections for the day

Exodus 20:14

You shall not commit adultery.

Matthew 5:28

But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart.

1 Thessalonians 4:3-5

 For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you abstain from sexual immorality; that each one of you know how to control his own body in holiness and honour, not in the passion of lust like the Gentiles who do not know God

John 12:25-26

 Anyone who loves their life will lose it, while anyone who hates their life in this world will keep it for eternal life. Whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am, my servant also will be. My Father will honour the one who serves me.

It is not so true that “prayer changes things” as that prayer changes me and I change things. God has so constituted things that prayer on the basis of Redemption alters the way in which a man looks at things. Prayer is not a question of altering things externally, but of working wonders in a man’s disposition.

– Oswald Chambers

A reflection on lust

Heavenly Father,

You art the creator of thou world that we live in, and thou hath created all things known to Mankind, and thou hath created all things unseen by Mankind.

Heavenly Father, we are able to see in a way that is clear that thou art intimately concerned with all relationships. We are able to see in a way that is clear that thou concern is not solely for an immediate family and a friend, but in the structure of a society. We are able to see in a way that is clear that thou concern is in how many relate to another. We are able to see in a way that is clear that all are born into a relationship which draws a meaning from thou as our Heavenly Father who is loving.

Heavenly Father, it is at this time we reflect carefully upon the sin of lust. We are able to see in a way that is clear that thou Scriptures teach Mankind that lust is a thought, and that lust is a desire of one that is sexual in nature, and one that is excessive in nature. We are able to see in a way that is clear that lust is an act that can be described as one that causes pleasure for a self, and that this act can be described as unwholesome in nature, and that this act is one that is done to fulfil a desire which often is without regard to the consequence for another. We are able to see in a way that is clear that the sin of greed, and the desire for possession, are ones that can be associated with the sin of lust.

Heavenly Father, it is at this time we acknowledge that thou Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, came into thou world as a man free from sin, and that thou Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, lived a life that was holy, and that thou Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, laid down a life for all by taking upon a self the sins of Mankind, and by showing all thou way to thou.

Heavenly Father, we acknowledge that many are concerned with the breakdown of a relationship, and we acknowledge that some are able to see in a way that is clear that a relationship can at times, break down due to a sin of lust. We are able to see in a way that is clear that when there is a breakdown in a relationship that another will suffer, and we are able to see in a way that is clear that those who suffer are the children of a relationship which has broken down.

Heavenly Father, we ask thou to guide Mankind in a daily life, and we ask thou to guide all to live a life that is above reproach. We ask thou to guide some to avoid a temptation of lust, and we ask thou to guide some to reflect carefully upon a wrong, and to say sorry for all that is thought, and to say sorry for all that is done, and to make a change in a life so that a relationship with thou is one that is right, and to make a change in a life so that a relationship with another is made right.

Heavenly Father, we uphold to thouself, Our Heavenly Father, all that hath been spake, in thou name of thouself, Our Heavenly Father, and in thou name of thou Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, who together with thou Holy Spirit, reigns on most high, now and always, for evermore.

Amen.

You are invited to respond either by way of a comment or a prayer. Any prayers will be posted.

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Posted on April 23, 2012, in lust, putting others first, responsibility, suffering, The example of the life of Our Lord Jesus Christ, The needs of our family, The sin of greed and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. daphnewilliams

    The media has some responsibility in stirring up the thoughts of lust and the actual fulfilment of that desire. Newspapers and TV dramas tend to encourage this sort of behaviour. Experimenting with sexual relationships can have disastrous consequences and blight the lives of those involved. Let us pray that morality will emerge as the desired model of behaviour. Amen

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