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Bible Study: 10 Verses to Read When Struggling With Lust

If you struggle with lust or lustful thoughts, I pray God helps keep you with the washing of the Word, and that you can cleanse your mind of the things that bombard the youth and society today with social media, TV, magazines, movies and more. So much comes at us and not all of it is Godly or pure. The Bible says if you look at a man with lust, you’ve already committed adultery in your heart (Matthew 5:28)—which shows the seriousness of how God looks at purity and also reveals that purity is not necessarily always based on an action, but can be a condition of the heart. Here are 10 Bible verses regarding lust, passion and purity.

1. 2 Timothy 2:22: “So flee youthful passions (or lusts) and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, along with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart.”

2. Matthew 5:8: “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.”

3. 1 Corinthians 7:9: “But if they cannot control themselves, they should marry, for it is better to marry than to burn with passion.”

4. Psalm 51:10: “Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.”

5. Song of Solomon 8:4: “Daughters of Jerusalem, I charge you: Do not arouse or awaken love until it so desires.”

6. Hebrews 13:4: “Marriage should be honored by all, and the marriage bed kept pure, for God will judge the adulterer and all the sexually immoral.”

7. Colossians 3:12: “So, as God’s own chosen people, who are holy [set apart, sanctified for His purpose] and well-beloved [by God Himself], put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience [which has the power to endure whatever injustice or unpleasantness comes, with good temper].”

8. Proverbs 4:23: “Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.”

9. Galatians 5:19-21: “Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.”

10. Matthew 5:28: “But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman/man lustfully has already committed adultery with her/him in his heart.”

PI Girls, comment below for prayer requests, or write down other verses to help you stay pure in the Lord.

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  1. TypeCastWriter

    Posted by TypeCastWriter on August 22, 2017 at 04:55

    Prayer request please

  2. Project Inspired

    Posted by heartberry365 on January 24, 2016 at 13:51

    these were great. really helpful.

  3. Project Inspired

    Posted by faithful_soul on January 23, 2016 at 17:32

    1 Thessalonians 4 (I recommend reading the whole chapter.)
    “3 It is God’s will that you should be sanctified: that you should avoid sexual immorality; 4 that each of you should learn to control your own body[a] in a way that is holy and honorable, 5 not in passionate lust like the pagans, who do not know God; 6 and that in this matter no one should wrong or take advantage of a brother or sister.[b] The Lord will punish all those who commit such sins, as we told you and warned you before. 7 For God did not call us to be impure, but to live a holy life. 8 Therefore, anyone who rejects this instruction does not reject a human being but God, the very God who gives you his Holy Spirit.”

  4. Smylinggirl

    Posted by Smylinggirl on January 23, 2016 at 15:15

    Philippians 4:8 ~ Finally brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things.

    I say that verse in my head to help remove thoughts when my eyes accidentally see something I wish they hadn’t.

  5. Project Inspired

    Posted by pretty10 on January 23, 2016 at 12:41

    Can you please read my previous comment from your post right before this one Christi?

  6. Publicpassion

    Posted by Publicpassion on January 23, 2016 at 06:52

    I am at a weird time in my life. The second semester of my senior year! I know Gods purpose for my life, and I’m ready to fulfill if. It’s quite the step though. First, i have to move thousands of miles away from anyone I know (yes, this is part of it. I know the place God wants me). Then, I have to get over my social anxiety so that I can thoroughly share gods love. But before all of this, I need to get into college! Pray that I get into the school I’m called to, that I stay close to God,and that I have courage. The verse I meditate on (not necessarily for purity) is 2 Corinthians 3:17. Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the spirit of the lord is, there is freedom