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Text: “Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry: For which things' sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience: ” – Colossians 3:5, 6.

Comment: The Wikipedia states that LUST “is a strong emotion or feeling. The lust can take any form such as the lust for sexuality, lust for expensive objects (extravagance) or the lust for power”. It is an uncontrolled, lecherous feeling which emanates from Satan, the father of lies. (John 8:44).

To mortify means “to put to death,” “to deaden”, especially one's passions, wants, desires, thirsts or cravings for someone or something. Saint Paul enjoins God's worshippers to “put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof” - Romans 13:12. See also 1 Peter 4:2.

To Timothy, his spiritual son, Apostle Paul says: “Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart” (2 Timothy 2:22).

The grace that Christ brought to mankind should not be a cloak to sin, but it teaches “us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works” – Titus 2:11-14. See also 1 Peter 4:3; 1 John 2:15-17; etc.

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