When I first see this word, I typically think of it negatively or it might have a yucky connotation, but then I read verses in James 1:14-15 that talks about being enticed by my OWN lust, and that when my OWN lust is conceived it gives birth to sin. Could that mean that lust in and of itself is not the problem or the sin? Or is it just the object or focus of the lust that could be the sin problem? To me, seeing lust in this way makes it more manageable. It gives me the opportunity to redirect it before it becomes a sin. What if I lusted after God for what Christ has done and what He asks me to do? What if my desire or lust was for the understanding and obedience to His Word? Wouldn't the best way to avoid sinful, selfish, yucky lusts be to focus and act on what is true and right and honorable? Wouldn't knowing who and what God is and what He has encouraged me to do through Scripture be best? Lord, help my desires or lusts to be after You and Your Word. Lord, forgive me when I sin by lusting after the wrong thing. Help me to truly pray without ceasing and take every thought captive.

I love You God. I trust You God. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Thank You God.

—Robin

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