Subsidiary post: The Will of God Can Be Contrasted with Lust
Lusts are those desires we have that go beyond our needs. They are against righteousness. That is, lust leads us to sin (see James 1:14-15 below).
An asterisk to the left of the citation indicates an allusion to, rather than an explicit occurrence of, “lust.”
Matthew 5:28 – “…everyone who looks at a woman with lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart.”
Romans 1:24 – “Therefore God gave them over in the lusts of their hearts to impurity…”
Romans 6:12, 13 – “Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its lusts…”
Romans 13:14 – “But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh in regard to its lusts.”
Ephesians 2:3 – “…we too all formerly lived in the lusts of our flesh, indulging the desires of the flesh and of the mind…”
Ephesians 4:20, 21, 22, 23, 24 – “…lay aside the old self, which is being corrupted in accordance with the lusts of deceit…”
1 Thessalonians 4:3, 4, 5, 6 – “…not in lustful passion, like the Gentiles who do not know God…”
*1 Timothy 5:11, 12 – “…when they feel sensual desires in disregard of Christ…”
2 Timothy 2:22 – “Now flee from youthful lusts… – Compare with Ecclesiastes 11:9.
*2 Timothy 3:6, 7 – “…captivate weak women weighed down with sins, led on by various impulses…” – The underlying Greek word for “impulses” in this verse is elsewhere more often translated as “lusts” or “desires.” See note on this verse in Impulses.
Titus 3:3 – “…enslaved to various lusts and pleasures…”
James 1:13, 14, 15 – “Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am being tempted by God”; for God cannot be tempted by evil, and He Himself does not tempt anyone. But each one is tempted when he is carried away and enticed by his own lust. Then when lust has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and when sin is accomplished, it brings forth death.”
James 4:1 – “What is the source of quarrels and conflicts among you? Is not the source your pleasures that wage war in your members?”
James 4:2 – “You lust and do not have; so you commit murder. You are envious and cannot obtain; so you fight and quarrel. You do not have because you do not ask.”
James 4:3 – “You ask and do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, so that you may spend it on your pleasures.”
1 Peter 1:14, 15, 16 – “As obedient children, do not be conformed to the former lusts which were yours in your ignorance…”
1 Peter 4:1, 2 – “…so as to live the rest of the time in the flesh no longer for the lusts of men, but for the will of God.” – Our lusts stand in stark contrast to the will of God. In this regard, see The Will of God Can Be Contrasted with Lust.
1 Peter 4:3 – “For the time already past is sufficient for you to have carried out the desire of the Gentiles, having pursued a course of sensuality, lusts, drunkenness, carousing, drinking parties and abominable idolatries.
1 John 2:15 – “Do not love the world nor the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.”
1 John 2:16 – “For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life, is not from the Father, but is from the world.” – See Genesis 3:6 below.
1 John 2:17 – “The world is passing away, and also its lusts; but the one who does the will of God lives forever.”
Jude 1:16 – “These are grumblers, finding fault, following after their own lusts…”
Jude 1:17, 18 – “…’there will be mockers, following after their own ungodly lusts.'”
*Genesis 3:6 – “When the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was desirable to make one wise…” – See 1 John 2:16 above.