Bible Verses About Lust

The Bible very clearly defines lust as something very different from love. Lust is described as  something selfish, and when we give into our lusts we have little regard for consequences. It offers distractions that can be harmful or encourages us in hurtful distractions. Lust pulls us a way from God, so it is important that we gain control over it and live for the type of love God desires for each of us.

Lust is a Sin

These bible verses describe why God finds lust to be sinful:

Matthew 5:28
But I tell you that if you look at another woman and want her, you are already unfaithful in your thoughts. (CEV)

1 Corinthians 6:18
Flee from sexual immorality. All other sins a person commits are outside the body, but whoever sins sexually, sins against their own body. (NIV)

1 John 2:16
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. (NIV)

Mark 7:20-23
And then he added, “It is what comes from inside that defiles you. For from within, out of a person’s heart, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, greed, wickedness, deceit, lustful desires, envy, slander, pride, and foolishness. All these vile things come from within; they are what defile you.” (NLT)

Gaining Control Over Lust

Lust is something almost all of us have experienced, and we live in a society that promotes lust at every turn.

However, the Bible is clear that we should be doing everything we can to combat its control over us:

1 Thessalonians 4:3-5
For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you should abstain from sexual immorality; that each of you should know how to possess his own vessel in sanctification and honor, not in passion of lust, like the Gentiles who do not know God (NKJV)

Colossians 3:5
So put to death the sinful, earthly things lurking within you. Have nothing to do with sexual immorality, impurity, lust, and evil desires. Don’t be greedy, for a greedy person is an idolater, worshiping the things of this world. (NLT)

1 Peter 2:11
Dear friends, I warn you as “temporary residents and foreigners” to keep away from worldly desires that wage war against your very souls. (NLT)

Psalm 119:9-10
Young people can live a clean life by obeying your word. I worship you with all my heart. Don’t let me walk away from your commands. (CEV)

1 John 1:9
But if we confess our sins to God, he can always be trusted to forgive us and take our sins away. (CEV)

Proverbs 4:23
Keep your heart with all diligence, For out of it spring the issues of life. (NKJV)

Consequences of Lust

When we lust, we bring a number of consequences into our lives. We're not meant to sustain ourselves on lust, but on love:

Galatians 5:19-21
When you follow the desires of your sinful nature, the results are very clear: sexual immorality, impurity, lustful pleasures, idolatry, sorcery, hostility, quarreling, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambition, dissension, division, envy, drunkenness, wild parties, and other sins like these.

Let me tell you again, as I have before, that anyone living that sort of life will not inherit the Kingdom of God. (NLT)

1 Corinthians 6:13
You say, “Food was made for the stomach, and the stomach for food.” (This is true, though someday God will do away with both of them.) But you can’t say that our bodies were made for sexual immorality. They were made for the Lord, and the Lord cares about our bodies. (NLT)

Romans 8:6
If our minds are ruled by our desires, we will die. But if our minds are ruled by the Spirit, we will have life and peace. (CEV)

Hebrews 13:4
Marriage is to be held in honor among all, and the marriage bed is to beundefiled; for fornicators and adulterers God will judge. (NASB)

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