What does the Bible say about Lust ?

Lust is an inward sin which leads to a falling away from God (Rom.1:21). Did you know that we’re commanded to avoid sexual impurity in nearly every book of the New and Old Testament ? Listed below is a selection of relevant Scripture (from theNew Living Translation).

“For lustis a shameful sin, a crime that should be punished. It is a devastating firethat destroys to hell.” — Job 31:11

“Don’t let me lust for evil things; don’t let me participate in acts of wickedness. Don’t let me share in the delicacies of those who do evil.” — Psalm 141:4

“Don’t lust for her beauty. Don’t let her coyness seduce you. Can a man take fire into his lap and not get burned?” — Proverbs 6:25 & 27

“You are like a wild donkey, sniffing the wind at mating time. Who can restrain your lust? Those who desire you do not even need to search, for you come running to them!” — Jeremiah 2:24

“They are all adulterers, always aflame with lust. They are like an oventhat is kept hot even while the bakeris still kneading the dough.” — Hosea 7:4

“And the men, instead of having normal sexual relationships with women, burned with lust for each other. Men did shameful things with other men and, as a result, suffered within themselves the penalty they so richly deserved.” — Romans 1:27

“But if they can’t control themselves, they should go ahead and marry. It’s better to marry than to burn with lust.” —1Corinthians 7:9

“Throw off your old evil nature and your former way of life, which is rotten through and through, full of lust and deception.” — Ephesians 4:22

“So put to death the sinful, Earthly things lurking within you. Have nothing to do with sexual impurity, lust, and shameful desires.” — Colossians 3:5

“They commit adultery with their eyes, and their lust is never satisfied. They make a game of luring unstable people into sin.” — II Peter 2:14

“For the world offers only the lust for physical pleasure, the lust for everything we see, and pridein our possessions. These are not from the Father. They are from this evil world.” — I John 2:16

Break free to victory
“You have heard that the law of Moses says, ‘Do not commit adultery.’ But I say, anyone who even looks at a woman with lusti in his eye has already committed adultery with her in his heart. So if your eye—even if it is your good eye—causes you to lust, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into hell. And if your hand—even if it is your stronger hand—causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into hell.” — Matthew 5:27-30

Choosing victory with your eyes

“I made a covenant with my eyes not to look with lust upon a young woman.” — Job 31:1

Choosing victory with your hands and feet.
“Run from anything that stimulates youthful lust. Follow anything that makes you want to do right. Pursue faithand loveand peace, and enjoy the companionship of those who call on the Lord with pure hearts.” — II Timothy 2:22

“You have had enough in the past of the evil things that godless people enjoy—their immorality and lust, their feasting and drunkenness and wild parties, and their terrible worship of idols.” — I Peter 4:3

Lust for God
“As the deer pants for streams of water, so I long for you, O God. I thirst for God, the Living God.” — Psalm 42:1
Sin enslaves—especially sexual sin
You may say, “I am allowed to do anything.” But I reply, “Not everything is good for you.” And even though “I am allowed to do anything.” I must not become a slave to anything. You say, “Food is for the stomach, and the stomach is for food.” This is true, though someday God will do away with both of them. But our bodies were not made for sexual immorality. They were made for the Lord, and the Lord cares about our bodies. And God will raise our bodies from the dead by his marvelous power, just as he raised our Lord from the dead. — I Cor. 6:12-14

Jesus replied, “I assure you that everyone who sins is a slave of sin. — John 8:34

Do not let sin control the way you live. — Rom. 6:12

Sin is no longer your master, for you are no longer subject to the law, which enslaves you to sin. Instead, you are free by God’s grace. — Rom. 6:14

Before, you let yourselves be slaves of impurity and lawlessness. Now you must choose to be slaves of righteousness so that you will become holy. — Rom. 6:19

The trouble is not with the law but with me, because I am sold into slavery, with sin as my master. — Rom. 7:14

There is another law at work within me…This law wins the fight and makes me a slave to the sin that is still within me. — Rom. 7:23

They promise freedom, but they themselves are slaves of sin and corruption. For you are a slave to whatever controls you. — II Pet. 2:19

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