Lust – On A Par With Dust

via Daily Prompt: Lust

What prompted whoever comes up with these “Daily Prompts” to pick lust – whatever.

First of all, what is lust?  According to dictionary.com lust is  1. intense sexual desire or appetite. … uncontrolled or illicit sexual desire or appetite; lecherousness. 3. a passionate or overmastering desire or craving (usually followed by for): a lust for power.

Let’s focus on the words “uncontrolled” and “overmastering.”  That about sums it up.  Lust controls you.  Lust wants to be your master.  It wants to overpower you.  It is ultimately a deep desire to have, to possess, to control.  That is largely what happens in a rape situation.  The sick, evil rapist wants to have, to possess, to control, to have power over his victim.  He wants to be in control.  The twisted irony:  while he is raping to gain control, his insane lust is firmly in control of him.  He, desiring to be in control, is spiraling out of control.  Is the rapist a victim of his own lust?  No, he has chosen to allow lust to control him.  The lust bucket is culpable for his own actions.

What do you think is one of the primary causes, if not the primary cause, for sex trafficking, prostitution, pornography, sexual abuse, date rape, kidnappings by gangs and terrorist groups such as Boko Haram and ISIL?  It is lust.  The vast majority of these disgusting activities are fueled by lust.  There is a thriving sex-trafficking network throughout the United States of America which is fueled by the lust of your neighbors, friends, coworkers, people in your city, community, county.  How many of those Amber alerts, disappearances, runaways are actually victims of our ruthless American sex-traffickers?  I don’t know but I believe it is a high percentage.  Disgusting, evil, heartless – there is no justification, no excuse, no sense to it.

What is the cure for lust?  L-O-V-E.  Love looks to help a person, not exploit them.  Love sacrifices on behalf of another; it does not seek to sacrifice the other.  Love is expressed ultimately by Jesus:  “But God proves His own love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us!” (Romans 5:8 HCSB).

Lust or love – would you rather be loved or be victimized by lust?

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