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THOUGHT for the Day.

Byline: Rev John Oldershaw

IS LUST necessarily a bad thing? It would be the first to be mentioned in a survey asking people to list the seven deadly sins. Sex and power are the two main connotations when thinking of lust; a passion so powerful that it drives someone to extremes of action.

But let's return to my original question. In a longstanding physical relationship between two people, an element of lust maintains and enhances the relationship over the years. A lust for power can keep someone motivated to achieve when all the odds stand against him (or her) and when the back stabbers are out in force.

The problems arise when the driving passionate lust becomes the be all and end all; when the objectives for which power is sought, or the love and care for the person who is the object of lust, becomes secondary.

Lust has a contrary virtue, chastity. It sounds old fashioned but as a quality for living it gives to us the power to control our passions without them controlling us.

Rev John Oldershaw United Reformed C hurch
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Mar 22, 2007
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