Here is the devotional:
Is lust a choice or an excuse to be a “bad boy” and not take responsibility? I believe all behavior is a choice. One of the primary distinctions of our creation in God’s image is that we all have a will. We are permitted to use our will how we wish, but each usage of our will is a choice. We are 100 percent responsible and accountable to God for our choices on this earth.
Lust is a “choice.” You have a myriad of choices when you see a woman. Lust is only one, but in my opinion, the worst one. You and I are 100 percent responsible for every choice we make to lust: double taking, rubbernecking, scanning, objectifying, evaluating, or in any other way making a lustful assessment of a woman, whether she is real or an image.
In Proverbs 6:25 (NIV) it says: “Do not lust in your heart after her beauty or let her captivate you with her eyes.” We have the power to make a choice – and if Jesus told us to refrain from lust, that should be the decision we make without hesitation. Lust is a choice we should choose not to take any part of.
The devil can only offer a way to look at something (tempt you to think differently than God does). You can decide to think like God (love and holiness) or you can lust and see a person differently.
You cannot heal from something if you have no choice. Personally, I have experienced a lust-free lifestyle, and it’s a choice that I make every day.
It’s a choice you can make. If you don’t think it’s a choice, you can’t walk in freedom. Remember, there are some women you don’t choose to lust after. Your daughter, niece, mother, aunt, sister and any other women you truly respect. So you have already been successful at not lusting. You are capable of a more lust-free life in the future!
Walk to Freedom
1. How do you really feel about lust being a choice?
2. How do you feel about your choice to lust or not?
3. When an opportunity to lust comes and you win, how does that feel?
4. Can you choose today to start refraining from lust?
Here are the scriptures referenced:
Lust not after her beauty in thine heart; neither let her take thee with her eyelids.
Proverbs 6:25 KJV
Here are Stu’s thoughts:
There is one reason I wanted to do this Bible Study and put it on my blog. And that reason is this…
Lust IS a choice and we, whether male or female, are 100 percent responsible for making that choice. It is not the other persons fault we choose to lust after them.
So to all you mixed up in the head people that are telling girls that it is their fault that boys lust after them…stop lying to these girls and address the boys. Train the boys the proper way to view females.
Teach them to view women with respect and yes, even admiration for their beauty but not lustfully.
There are a lot of beautiful women in this world and they do not need men ogling at them nonstop.
Look at them men. Women want to be noticed. But they want to be noticed for who they are and not just their body.
Then go dang she’s pretty and keep moving without any lustful thoughts going through that noggin of yours.
It’s possible. I do it all the time…now.
There are also a lot of handsome men out there that do not want you staring at their crotch trying to figure out what the size of their manhood.
Folks we need to stop blaming others for our own lustful thoughts. Take responsibility for them, change them and live more lust free!