7 Ways Biblical Sexuality Differs From Lust

Posted on April 30, 2013 · Posted in Culture, Sanctification

1. True sexuality is intimate, directed only towards your spouse. Lust is impersonal, directed towards anyone or anything that titillates your greedy desire.

2. True sexuality cares for the satisfaction of your spouse. Lust cares only that you are satisfied.

3. True sexuality results in gratitude to God and earnest prayer for his blessing in your sexual union. Lust knows nothing of gratitude or prayer.

4. True sexuality requires sensitivity. Lust craves sensual desires.

5. True sexuality is motivated by personal inner beauty. Lust is motivated physical outward appearance.

6. True sexuality results in a deepening relational closeness. Lust results in increasing demands for self-fulfillment, with little regard for the well-being of the object of its desires.

7. True sexuality brings honor to God. Lust brings dishonor to everyone it consumes.


See Ephesians 4:17-19
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Jay Younts
John A. (Jay) Younts is the Shepherd Press blogger, and is a ruling elder serving at Redeemer Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church in Moore, South Carolina. He has written Everyday Talk, Everyday Talk About Sex & Marriage, Finding the Right Track, the In Touch With Paul stewardship series, and What About War. He has studied and taught about biblical childrearing for 30 years. He and his late wife Ruth have five adult children.