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Sin Deceives You to Destroy You

Article by John Piper

“Beloved, I urge you as sojourners and exiles to abstain from the passions of the flesh, which wage war against your soul” (1 Peter 2:11). The word here for “passions” is simply the word for desire — sometimes very positive, sometimes very negative. When you translate it, sometimes it’s translated “lust,” sometimes it’s translated “desire,” sometimes it’s translated “passion.”

All of those are the same word in Greek, which should alert us to something. Desires are neutral until they’re attached to something. If I desire to bless you, that would make me happy to do something good for you. That’s a wonderful desire. If I desire to use you or manipulate you, that’s an ugly desire.

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