December 14, 2020
many different kinds of blindness: total
blindness, color blindness, snow
blindness, flash blindness, legal
blindness (very diminished vision).
these visual impairments are troublesome
and potentially dangerous. But there's
another we need to consider: lust
Lust is a powerful, impatient desire for
something that demands instant
gratification without regard for
Christ's will or human consequences.
When yielded to, it always produces harm
or loss - and regret!
Lust blindness occurs when we allow the
power of any lust to blind us to its
consequences. We fixate on our desire so
strongly and constantly that when God's
Spirit faithfully warns us of the
trouble it will cause or people it will
hurt, we brush His warnings aside and
rush headlong into folly. Soon we forget
He warned us. What's happened?
We are suffering lust blindness. We are
blind to our better judgment.
Ultimately, as we look back upon the
fool's path we forged, we see what we
refused to see earlier - and weep and
gnash our teeth. Lust blindness has
caused lust grief. And it's too late.
redeem? Of course, praise His mercies!
But needless loss, hurt, and damage have
nevertheless been done by our lust
blindness and some will not be repaired.
So why go there? We need to discern lust
blindness before, not after, we sow the
seeds of grief. For that, let's examine
examples of lust blindness to better
We want a spouse. So, allured by a
pretty face and shapely body - or a
handsome face and strong physique - we
lust to have what we see. Though we
recognize the person before us has no
interest in Christ, we proceed anyway,
break Christ's moral teaching, Paul's
marital warnings, and the hearts of
friends and family.
Or we want more money. So, we decide to
get it any way we can, legally or not.
We misreport our taxes, cheat business
partners, lie about sales, tamper with
pricing, anything to pocket another
dirty dollar. We gradually stop caring
for anything or anyone else, and leave a
trail of wounded friends and
acquaintances in our wake.
We long for professional success. So we
start doing and saying anything to
increase our public profile. We slander
competitors, boast shamelessly about our
abilities, misrepresent our
achievements, all to rise higher and
faster. But somewhere along the line we
lose our moral compass: our compass!
Then we lose our way.
Someone deeply wrongs us. Ignoring New
Testament instruction, we first fail to
forgive them and soon refuse to do so as
our unforgiveness morphs into a burning
lust for revenge. As this lust for
payback grows, our spiritual life goes.
Soon our whole world is reduced to one
foolish, petty lust: to use every weapon
available - gossip, slander, false
accusation - to wound the one who
wounded us. Then, one day, we wake up to
realize our bitterness has hurt many we
loved and killed our fellowship with
There are many potential objects of lust
blindness: food, possessions, awards,
achievements, degrees, offices, titles,
jobs, children, ministries, specific
people's approval, success as this world
sees it, and so forth. Any of these, if
sought first without regard to God's
will or human consequences, may blind
of the physical blindness described
above is unavoidable. But lust blindness
is fully in our control. We can avoid
When any new desire rises in your heart,
examine it. Do you want it more than you
want to know and please Jesus? If so,
quickly control it, before it controls
you. Listen to the Holy Spirit. When He
speaks directly, or through an elder or
friend, to warn you about a certain path
or person or passion, respond. When He
shows you pursuing your desire will hurt
family, friends, and fellow Christians,
and abort your spiritual destiny, obey.
content you by seeking Him more: "Be
content with such things as ye have, for
He hath said, I will never leave thee,
nor forsake thee" (Hebrews 13:5). Be
content for the present with what He has
already given you in the area of your
desire. Isn't it enough? And hasn't He
given you many other blessings besides?
patient about the blessing you seek.
Never let it mean more than your
Blesser! Rather, let Him increase you in
His way, in His wisdom, on His
timetable. He will release your answers
when you are ready for them. He will
give you your heart's desires (Psalm
37:4) when they are no longer your
lusts' desires. And they will bring only
joy, not grief, to you and others.
life is a clear-seeing life and one God
can use to deliver others from lust
blindness. Be just such a life!
Waiting contentedly, seeing clearly,