“But he refused to listen to her, and since he was stronger than she, he raped her. Then Amnon hated her with intense hatred. In fact, he hated her more than he had loved her. Amnon said to her, “Get up and get out!”
2 Samuel 13:14-15, NIV

There are hundreds of cases of “date rape” in America every week. It begins innocently enough, two young people in the throws of passion and suddenly you hear the line as old as the Old Testament, “I love you and I want you.” The tragedy is that in every case of “date rape” the action was not motivated by love but by lust.

Love and lust are as different as night and day. After Amnon raped his half sister, his “love” turned to hate. Although he had claimed to be “in love,” he was actually overcome by his own sinful lust. Love is patient and thinks of others; lust requires immediate satisfaction of personal flesh. Love is kind; lust is harsh. Love does not demand its own way; lust always does.

Read about the characteristics of genuine love. You will find that in what many call, “the love chapter,” 1Corinthians 13. As in the case of King David’s son, lust may feel like love at first, but when physically expressed, it results in self-disgust and hatred of the other person. Remember, love and lust are both “active.” The difference is love seeks to give the best and meet the needs of the object of its love. Lust seeks to take the best in order to meet its own selfish, sinful desires.

QUESTION: How much of what you experience throughout the day will appeal to your “lust life” instead of your “love life?” Ask the Lover of your soul to guard your heart, your eyes, your words and your mind today.