Sunday, September 3, 2017

The Difference Between Love and Lust

Lust and love, in the initial stages, can appear very similar. You want to be in each other's company all the time; you yearn for physical intimacy. But once that sexual itch has been gratified, your partner walks away, having discovered that whatever it is he was feeling for you is no longer there.
Very few people can differentiate lust from love. However, love and sex are two separate concepts. A man, for instance, might be having sexual relationship with other women, but he stills loves his wife. I'd conclude that lust doesn't include love, and love doesn't essentially include lust.
Being in love is not just a feeling. It is not the strong sensation we feel when we are attracted to someone. You might argue love starts with infatuation. It certainly can be true, but you must be very careful with it. Ever wondered why people say, "I love him or her" then a few days later you hear this "I do not love them anymore"? They are confused because most people fall more in love with the feeling inside them than they are with the person.
Loving someone with all your heart is a bit different. So what is true love? "Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy; it does not boast; it is not proud. It is not rude; it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, and it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, and always perseveres. Love never fails." 1 Corinthians 13:4
What is the difference between love and lust? From the above bible citation, love is a spiritual fulfilment of the heart and soul. It's meant to fill the empty hole in the soul, not gratify the body. The main difference between love and lust is that a lustful relationship is short-lived and is all about instant gratification. Whereas, when you are truly in love, you'll experience passionate feelings for someone, and be drawn and connected to him or her on the level of inner self, mind, body and soul.
A small baby is attracted and connected to his or her mother mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually. We usually feel loved by God because we are connected to Him spiritually.
Having a strong feeling for someone can trick you to believe you are in love when you are actually infatuated or in lust. Don't settle for less, lust is conceived in the mind and sex is its main goal. Real love is perpetual. Real love stays in the heart and soul eternally. Age, separation, distance and time cannot do away with real love.

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