In the text found in 1
John 2:12-17 , the apostle John warns mature men and
young men of three lusts:
lust of the flesh ( Genesis 3:6 ;
7:21 – “saw that the tree was good for
food“) — the insatiable appetite to indulge in pleasures that inflame the flesh
but never satisfy (Numbers 11).
lust of the eyes ( Genesis 3:6 ;
7:21 ) – “it was pleasant to the eyes“) —
wandering eyes that continually want more riches
and possessions, but always remain covetous ( Acts
pride of life ( Genesis 3:6 ;
7:21 ) – “a tree desirable to make one
wise“) — the vain mind that thirsts for man’s applause. But the glory
evaporates quickly ( Acts
These three lusts are damaging to those
who engage in them as well as the victims they leave in their destructive path.
Additionally, these lustful desires can never fully satisfy , because
they are temporary ( Hebrews
11:24-25 ESV ).
True and lasting satisfaction, is found
only when we give our affections [mind] to spiritual and eternal things ( Colossians
3:1-4 ) — to a right relationship with our
heavenly Father ( 2
Corinthians 6:16-18 ) and with those He has created in His
image ( Genesis 1:26-27 ;
cf. Ecclesiastes 7:29 ;
4:24 ; James
Let us remember that “The world is
passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides
forever” ( 1 John 2:17 ).