Tuesday, April 7, 2009
“Since we have these promises, dear friends, let us purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God.” 2 Corinthians 7:1
Here Paul says to purify yourself form everything that contaminates the body and spirit and reach for holiness. Interesting, at least what you can draw here. Last night I was watching this special on the History channel and what it talked about was the seven deadly sins in Christendom, with a special emphasis on lust. Besides the awesome interesting history it talked about, towards the end of the program they were discussing how scientific it was to lust. What they found that when people are exposed to lustful images certain chemicals begin to dominate their brain and it begins to dominate their thinking pattern at that time. Then what happens is the part of the brain that dominates cognitive thinking is reduced. Thus the phrase “thinking with the wrong head” is actually correct. But what the program also mentioned was that a healthy sexual appetite was necessary for healthy living, but always in moderation.
Now how does this apply to me and this bible verse. Well lust in the right context is good. For example if you lust after your wife is healthy. However, lust is also bad. I remember back in my rebellious days oh boy it was bad. However, knowing how I got into that situation because I was not thinking on glorifying God, because I did not care about anything else but the desire at that moment, I realized now that I was exciting the wrong part of the brain. So the lesson is that lust is real, it is also something that will never be eliminated out of anyones conscience and it was put there in our brain by God. So knowing that, God gives us the desires of the opposite sex, it is up to us to steward these feelings wisely. Therefore lusting after beautiful girl on the beach, wrong... But channeling desires to the wife and making love to her all night long... good.
Lord, I love how you talk to me. Thank you for this lesson.