I have been struggling on the topic “Love” for a very long time. I felt I have been in love but I have never actually been loved. This was due to being emotionally ripped several times from ungodly relationships. I soon came to realize I felt that way because it wasn’t love but lust. Yes, those two L’s can often fool even the smartest person if they’re not careful. With each relationship it ended in flames. So, I asked myself is the battle with them or is it Love vs Lust?
1 Corinthians 13:4 reads,
“Love is patient, Love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.”
We all have heard this scripture over and over but not many can say they actually practice it within every relationship. When I back tracked on my previous relationships a lot of that was surely missing. Matter of fact I didn’t get any of that. Actually, I didn’t even understand the real meaning of love so I couldn’t express it nor recognize it. I got so caught up in lust that it masked the true meaning of love. When I read the scripture over and I compared it to lust it sounds a little something like this,
“Lust is fast. Lust is cruel. Its always envious, it certainly boasts and is consistently proud.”
Yeah, that’s exactly what I experienced in those heart breaking relationships.
During, my salvaging process I had to go back to the basics. Psalm 31:6 says,
“Let your face shine on your servant; save me in your unfailing love.”
I remember downloading the Bible app on my phone and my very first devotional was “Recognizing God’s Love.” It was a fourteen day devotional that slowly brought me back to him. When I was able to see his love in my every day life the chains slowly started to break. My confusion with Love vs Lust started to dwindle. I was now able to see red flags and had the strength to walk away from something that wasn’t of God. Both, love and lust can bring good but only one will end in complete destruction.