My friends, I want to share with you a message that is very close to my heart. It’s about the difference between love and lust, and how to keep your love alive in your relationships.
You see, love is not a feeling that comes and goes. Love is a commitment that you make to someone else, to be faithful, loyal, and supportive. Love is not based on physical attraction or emotional highs. Love is based on respect, trust, and understanding. Love is not selfish or demanding. Love is generous and patient. Love is not jealous or insecure. Love is confident and secure.
Lust, on the other hand, is the opposite of love. Lust is a feeling that is based on physical appearance or sexual desire. Lust is not interested in the person, but only in the pleasure. Lust is not lasting or satisfying. Lust is fleeting and empty. Lust is not a choice or a promise. Lust is a temptation and a trap. Lust is not a blessing or a gift. Lust is a curse and a sin.
The Bible tells us in 1 John 2:16-17: “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. The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever.”
That’s why lust does not last, but love does. Lust fades away when the novelty wears off, when the attraction fades, when the problems arise, when the temptation comes, when the sin is exposed. But love does not fade away, because love is not dependent on circumstances or feelings. Love endures through the good times and the bad times, through the joys and the sorrows, through the victories and the defeats, through the seasons and the years.
My friends, if you want to have a lasting love in your life, you need to make sure that you are not living by lust, but by love. You need to make sure that you are not following your flesh, but following God. You need to make sure that you are not pleasing yourself, but pleasing your partner.
How do you do that? You do that by putting God first in your life, by praying together, by reading His Word together, by worshiping Him together. You do that by honoring your partner with your words and actions, by speaking kindly and respectfully, by acting faithfully and honestly. You do that by serving your partner with your gifts and talents, by helping them grow and succeed, by supporting them in their dreams and goals.
When you do these things, you will see that your love will not fade away, but it will grow stronger and deeper every day. You will see that your love will not be based on lust, but on God’s love for you.
And God’s love for you is amazing. God’s love for you is unconditional. God’s love for you is eternal.
He loved you so much that He sent His Son Jesus to die for your sins on the cross. He loved you so much that He raised Him from the dead. He loved you so much that He gave you His Holy Spirit. He loved you so much that He prepared a place for you in heaven .
That’s how much God loves you.
And He wants you to love Him back.
And He wants you to love others as He loves you.
That’s His will for your life.
That’s His plan for your happiness.
That’s His purpose for your existence.
So today I want to encourage you to choose love over lust.
To choose commitment over convenience.
To choose faithfulness over temptation.
To choose God over the world.
Because love does not fade away; lust does.
And God’s love never fails .
Thank you for listening.
God bless you all.