Pastor Marcus Blair, Cornerstone Baptist Church
1 John 2:15-16
Part of falling in love with God is a falling out of love with the world. As you head closer to the Lord in your Christian walk, the stuff of earth is going to appeal to you less and less. Still, many of us struggle with overcoming certain sins that keep coming around and around in our lives. Just when we thought we’ve won, often we find we fall into the same old struggles. Understanding the nature of sin and where it comes from can help us to defeat it.
First John tells us that “all that is in the world” can be summed up in just three categories: lust of the flesh, lust of the eyes, and the pride of life.
The lust of the flesh is the inner desire for what will satisfy the body’s wants. Your flesh wants and craves many things, usually things that feel good and bring pleasure. Let’s face it, there’s a lot of misery and heartache in this world, and sometimes we want to dull that pain by overindulging in pleasures.
For example, food is one of the best pleasures this world has to offer, and it is something you need to survive. But how many of us don’t just eat until we are fueled, but until we are satisfied? Often to satisfy our lust for something, we have to grossly overindulge in it. So what ends up happening? Weight gain, all kinds of health problems. See, food is ordinarily a good thing, and our desire for it was given to us by God. But lust of the flesh causes us to chase it too much, and desire it too much.
For the complete column, see this week’s edition of the Centralia Fireside Guard.