I recently heard a sermon based on love that covered some details from scripture as far as what love is all about. While the sermon was quite good, I thought that a refresher on the comparison between what love and lust are might be useful for many teenage fathers like myself. After all, I hope my children come not just to know but to truly understand the difference between the two and to choose love every time.
So here is a side by side comparison with some clarification of terms in between:
Love is Patient,
Lust is impatient,
(Patient = Capable of Waiting, to Endure
Delay, Without Becoming Annoyed or
Love is kind.
Lust is unkind.
(Kind = Compassionate, Generous,
Agreeable or Safe, Not Harsh or
Unpleasant, Caring, Showing Courtesy)
It does not envy,
It always envies.
(Envy = Desiring or Wanting What
Somebody Else Has)
It does not boast,
It always boasts,
(Boast = Excessively Proud Statement or
Refer Immodestly to Possessions or
It is not proud.
It is full of pride.
(Proud = Arrogant, Having an Exaggerated
Opinion of Oneís Self)
It does not dishonor others,
It dishonors others,
(Dishonor = Cause Shame on Yourself or
People Associated With You or a Loss of
Respect or Reputation, Failure to Keep
a Promise or Agreement.)
It is not self-seeking,
It is always self-seeking,
(Self-Seeking = Selfish, Interested in
Only Doing What is Good for You)
It is not easily angered,
It is easily angered,
(Angered = Become or Make Greatly
Annoyed, Strong Feelings of Displeasure)
It keeps no record of wrongs.
It keeps a record of all wrongs.
(Record = Lasting Account Available For
Use at a Later Date, Body of
Information Gathered Over Time)
(Wrongs = Mistakes, Poor Judgments,
Improprieties, Failures, Unacceptable
Love does not delight in evil
Lust delights in doing evil
(Delight = Great Enjoyment and Pleasure)
(Evil = Profoundly Immoral or Wrong,
Deliberately Causing Great Harm, Pain
But rejoices with the truth.
And retracts from the truth
(Rejoices = Show Great Happiness or to
(Truth = Things that Correspond to Fact
It always protects,
It always hurts,
(Protects = Keep Somebody Safe, Prevent
Harm or Damage)
Always causes mistrust,
(Trusts = Confidence In and Reliance on
Good Qualities, Especially Fairness,
Expecting Others to Behave Honorably,
the Responsibility for Taking Good Care
Always deflates and defeats,
(Hopes = Have a Wish to Do Something,
Feeling that Something Desirable is
Likely to Happen, Source of Success)
Always gives in.
(Perseveres = Remaining Steady in an
Action or Belief Over a Long Period
Despite Problems or Difficulties)
Based on Godís Word 1-Corinthians 13:4-7 KJV
Based on the human emotion.
I would encourage you today to print this out and post it where ever you can easily access it. Any time you have a question in your mind if you are encountering a spirit of love or lust simply review the definitions and soon you will see that love always speaks for itís self but lust always hides behind the voice of lies.