- Parent Category: FAQs
- Category: Questions about Christian Life
- Published on Thursday, 19 November 2009 10:58
The Bible addresses lust, both the general desires of the flesh against the will of God and the specific desires the Lord Jesus links with fornication (Matthew 5:28; 1 Thessalonians 4:5). This second, impure lust may involve what is not natural (Romans 1:27) or what is youthful (2 Timothy 2:22), but is always immoral. Various circumstances of life may contribute to these thoughts, but do not justify them before God.
Worry is a problem to Christians. When the Lord said, "Take no thought, saying, What shall we eat?" (Matthew 6:31), He was not condemning taking forethought, but having anxious thoughts, worry. Such thoughts follow Satan's suggestions that God's care is not sufficient (compare Matthew 4:3 with 6:32). When the mind becomes preoccupied -with such material concerns, the door opens to inordinate desires for material gain - covetousness.
Unforgiving thoughts (Matthew 18:35), spite, revenge, and nurtured anger (Ephesians 4:26) are harmful intruders in a Christian's mind. Assuming malice in another person's actions is evil thinking (1 Timothy 6:4).
A proud heart, which exalts self and belittles others (Philippians 2:3), is sin (Proverbs 21:4).
These are the weeds that grow native in our mind, but never found a place in the thoughts of our glorious Lord.