What are the “wicked lusts for forbidden things”, that St Paul warns of in his letter to the Corinthians (1Cor 10:1-6, 1-12), that we need to deal with?
That is, what are the things that cause us to fall or go off track on our Christian journey?
Our lusts might be of a sexual nature but there are plenty of other types.
Is a lust for power causing us to try and dominate others rather than do God’s will?
Or do we have a lust to always be right – no matter how much harm it causes to relationships.
Is our lust for comfort stopping us from getting out there and doing good deeds for other people, especially those people who are in need?
Do we have a lust for achievement and accolades, or to always be the centre of attention, that is getting in the way of us loving God and our neighbours?
Is impatience a type of lust in our lives that is stopping us from engaging fully and deeply with our spouse or children or other significant people in our lives, like our colleagues at work?
Is a lust for possessions causing us to fill our lives with things rather than meaningful relationships?
Is anger a type of lust dominating us and causing us to hurt other people?
Is our lust for entertainment or frivolity causing us to major in minor things rather than causing us to focus on things which can truly make a difference in our life, like spending more time in prayer, in reading the Bible, in reading spiritual books that will help us in our relationship with God?
Only you can answer these questions after a time of deep, personal introspection.
A time of being truly honest with yourself and with God about where you are at right now.
To not do so risks trying the patience of God beyond what is reasonable.
To take’s God continual mercy for granted.
So, as we continue on this journey of Lent let’s ponder deeply the obstacles in our life to being one with God.
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