Lust

“….by doing this you have shown utter contempt for the Lord….” 2 Samuel 12:14.

Verse chosen from today’s Bible reading:  2 Samuel 11-12, Palm 51, and Matthew 23.

David and Bathsheba.

How could he have done such a thing?

Someone else’s wife.  And David already had plenty of wives.

If you read 2 Samuel 11-12 you will discover how lengthy the slippery slope became after David impregnated Bathsheba.

We read the story and think, “That was then. Couldn’t happen to me.”  Wrong!  But there, nowadays, except for the grace of God go I.”

We MUST understand that, according to New Testament Scripture, if we lust with our eyes we commit adultery in our hearts.

The opportunities to lust are everywhere.  How can they be escaped?  You would almost have to be deaf and blind.

I use my computer every day.   I read plenty of news articles and sports articles.  What I have found is that the articles by themselves are okay because I have chosen them.  It’s what is on the sidebars that lure me to go where lustful temptations are a near certainty.  Sometimes it’s curiosity.  Sometimes it’s nothing better to do.  Sometimes it’s foolish confidence in my own ability to look and not lust.  Whatever the “sometimes” is, I will occasionally enter and always regret doing it.

I am sure that David would have insisted that lusting after someone else’s wife was wrong BEFORE he saw Bathsheba.  But seeing turned to lust which led to this verse (2 Samuel 11:27): “But the thing David had done displeased the Lord.”

I will only be able to please God if I am totally committed to doing what He wants.  When I choose, I lose.  I have good intentions.  I know Scripture.  But apart from Him, I will mess up big-time.

“Lord, guide my choices.  I commit to You.  Forgive me entering places that stoke lust.  Prick my conscience when I approach the threshold of such places so that I will turn back and not tarnish my love for You.  I love You, Father.”

We cannot enter places where the opportunities to lust abound.  Adultery, by the NT standard, awaits us there.

St. Lucia

 

 

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