Lust and Envy.
Tuesday, February 5.
- Thou shall not covet thy neighbor’s house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s wife, nor his man-servant, nor his maid servant, nor his ass, nor anything that is thy neighbor’s. 18. And all the people perceived the thunderings, and the lightnings, and when the people saw it, they trembled and stood afar off. 19. And they said unto Moses, speak thou with us, and we will hear; but let not God speak with us, lest we die. 20. And Moses said unto the people, fear not for God is come to prove you, that his fear may be before you, that ye sin not. Exodus 20:17.
The issue of how we deal with our sins before God is very important. The question continues to loom. How do we respond when confronted by our sins? How do we respond, when the Holy Spirit convicts us of our wrong doings? Our response is depended largely on our awareness of the sins in our lives. It is important to know the sin that bothers us. The anonymous writer of Hebrews in chapter 12 puts it this way: …Let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth easily besets us.” This is the reason why during this time of Lent, we must identify the wrongs in our lives and confess to God. We must consecrate ourselves. This morning we want to discuss one of the sins that is a hindrance to our Christian lives: Lust.
Most often the sin of lust is talked about in terms of sexual desires. But lust is much more than that. The meaning and history of the word in Greek is “to be hot after something.” Using the word lust in this context simply tells us that it is any sinful desire that goes against the will of God. It is our inordinate desire for something. It is that excessive desire for something which does not seems right. It can destroy us. Let us take heed.
Memory verse: Romans 23
“Some rise by sin, some by virtue fall.” William Shakespeare