Desires aren’t definitive ID

What we crave
Can lead us to misbehave
And make us it’s slave.
It’s important to be brave
And resist some things
That we crave
But it’s easier to cave.

To be dictated to by desire is to be driven and dominated by its demands. To define yourself by your desire is to decline your free will. Uncontrolled desire is deceptive and demanding.

To allow yourself to be driven by desires until they seem uncontrollable and take over your life is not good for mental health. A person controlled by desires isn’t free.

Desire should never define ethics. Much that we humans desire is harmful, deceitful, irrational, irresponsible, unjust or abusive.

When a society’s values are desire-based it will be as divided as the spectrum of human desires. True unity requires respect for moral principles.

The concept of ethics used to be based on moral principles. Now it’s too often based on individual choice and personal desire. Desire-based ethics proclaims that if people sincerely desire to behave a certain way, it’s morally right for them to do so.

Desire-based ethics is completely subjective. Principle-based ethics is based on objective reasoning and personal responsibility.

Getting what you want might not make you happy. Sometimes it makes you feel guilty and often it enslaves you to wanting more.

When you’re dominated by what you want, desire is your Lord. When you follow and obey the living Jesus, He is your Lord. We need “Jesus lead us ministries”–no curriculum, no self-proclaimed leader, no human agenda–just people listening to the living Jesus and doing what He says even when it is contrary to our desires.

To “walk in the Spirit” is to flow with Christ’s current in your day-to-day life, trusting and depending more and more on the living Jesus guiding you from within and less and less on religious formulas, programs, and control. Many people ask, “What does my desire require of me?” Few ask, “What does the Lord require of me?”

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About Steve Simms

I like to look and think outside the box. In college I encountered Jesus Christ and I have been passionate about trying to get to know Him better ever since. My wife and I long to see the power and passion of the first Christ-followers come to life in our time. I have written a book about our experiences in non-traditional church, called, "Beyond Church: An Invitation To Experience The Lost Word Of The Bible--Ekklesia." If you need encouragement, search for: Elephants Encouraging The Room and/or check out my Amazon author page. Thank you!
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1 Response to Desires aren’t definitive ID

  1. Marcus Hurst says:

    You have some really good points here, Steve. Here is another twist:
    “Standing for the truth leads to a coveted state of contentment and is available to anyone. However, many people find it a great challenge to submit to the truth’s authority and thus achieve the privilege of basking in its serenity.”

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