30 Dec Resist Lust (1 Jn 2:16) by Dr. Rich Reich
“For all that is in the world, sensual lust, enticement for the eyes, and a pretentious life, is not from the Father but is from the world. ” ~ 1 Jn 2:16 (full readings)
Rich’s Reflections: Today’s reading talks about the three types of lust: lust of the flesh (normal bodily desires), lust of the eyes (things that look good), and pride of life (the desire to be admired and respected by others). Lust originates from the breaking of the first covenant with God in the human heart. In the Garden of Eden, Eve saw that the forbidden tree was good for food (lust of the flesh), it was pleasant to the eyes (lust of the eyes), and a tree to be desired to make one wise (pride of life) Gen 3:6. Jesus showed us how to resist lust on the Mount of Temptation. The Devil tempted Jesus to change stones into bread to satisfy His hunger (lust of the flesh) Mt 4:3. The Devil tempted Jesus with all of the kingdoms of the world showing Him their glory (lust of the eyes) Mt 4:8-9. Then the Devil tempted Jesus to cast Himself down off of the pinnacle of a temple that His angels shall lift Him up (pride of life) Mt 4:5-6. Jesus successfully resisted the temptations of the Devil and through the strength of Christ in us, we can too.
* Dr. Rich Reich is the co-founder of the LIFE Group Devotions and the National LIFE Runners Team. He is married to Erica and lives in Colorado Springs, CO. Full bio.
Faith Challenge: Resist the temptations of lust (lust of the flesh, lust of the eyes, and pride of life) by finding strength in Jesus Christ.
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