Bible Summary. The basic definition of lust is having a self-absorbed desire for an object, person, or experience. The Bible has a lot to say about lust. The Bible further defines lust as the root of all evil. Lust puts material things above God. It is not material things or money that is evil; it is the lust of material things that supercedes our love of God that is evil. Lust is worshiping or idolizing anything above God. From a Christian perspective, lust is defined as the love of the unrighteous. See below for Biblical advice and scriptures on the definition of lust.
Definition of Lust.
The simple definition of lust is having a self-absorbed desire for an object, person, or experience. When we are in lust, we place the object of our desire above all things in our lives. From a Christian perspective lust is bad because we are putting the object of our lust above God. 1st Thessalonians 4:5 advises that our lusts are at odds with God.
1st Thessalonians 4:5, “Not in the lust of concupiscence, even as the Gentiles which know not God:”
Definition of Lust: The Root of All Evil.
The Bible defines lust as the root of all evil. 1 Timothy 6:10, says, “the love (lust) of money is the root of all evil”. The Bible specifies the love of money as an universal evil because with enough money a person can buy any material thing. People lust after money because it can buy them their heart’s desire. Instead of putting their hope in God for their joy, many people put all their hope in money (material things) for their happiness. Money is not what is evil. It is lust that is evil. 1st Timothy 6:10 defines lust as the love money and material things over God.
1st Timothy 6:10, “For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.”
Definition of Lust: Worshiping Anything Above God.
The definition of lust includes idolizing anything above God. God is not pleased when we put material and sensual things above Him. God tells us in the Bible to stop idolizing things above Him. Lust of worldly things and love of God cannot co-exist. Colossians 3:5 defines lust as idolizes material things over God.
Colossians 3:5, “Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry:”
Definition of Lust: The Love Of Unrighteousness.
The definition of lust includes loving things that are not of God. You lust when you have pleasure in something that does not line up with the Word of God. When you partake in the pleasures of unrighteousness, you are rejecting God’s truth. 2nd Thessalonians 2:12 defines lust as the love of unrighteous things.
2nd Thessalonians 2:12, “That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.”