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Dictionary of Bible Themes – 5832 desire
5832 desire

5832 desire

A sense of longing for or wanting something. It may be a positive or negative force in the human character, but sinful desire is characteristic of human nature and must be overcome by the believer. God also expresses desires in Scripture.

Righteous desire

Desire for God Ps 73:25 See also Ps 42:1-2; Ps 63:1-8; Ps 143:6; Isa 26:8-9

Desire for right living Ps 40:8 See also Ps 119:174; Pr 22:1; Heb 13:18

Desire for wisdom 2Ch 1:7-12 pp 1Ki 3:5-14 See also Jas 1:5

Desire for spiritual gifts 1Co 14:1-5 See also 1Co 12:27-31

Desire for church office 1Ti 3:1

Sinful desire

Dt 5:21 pp Ex 20:17 See also Pr 11:6; Ro 1:24; Ro 7:8; 1Ti 6:9-10; Jas 1:13-15; 2Pe 3:3; Jude 16-18

Sinful desire is inherent in human nature Eph 2:3 See also 2Pe 2:10,18

Following Jesus Christ means putting to death sinful desires Gal 5:24 See also Ro 8:5-14; Ro 13:11-14; Eph 4:22-24; Col 3:5; 2Ti 2:22; 1Pe 1:14-15; 1Pe 2:11; 1Pe 4:1-5

The tension in believers between the desires of the old and new natures

Gal 5:16-17 See also Ro 7:18; Jas 4:1

Sexual desire

Ge 3:16 See also SS 7:10; 1Ti 5:11

Sinful lust condemned Mt 5:28 See also Ro 1:26; 1Th 4:3-4; 1Pe 4:3; 2Pe 2:18

God’s desires

God desires true worship Mt 12:7 See also Hos 6:6; Mt 9:13; Am 5:21-24; Jn 4:21-24; Heb 10:5-14; Ps 40:6-8

God desires right living Ps 51:6 See also Jas 1:19-20

God’s desires for his people 2Ch 9:8 See also Ps 132:13

See also

6166flesh, sinful nature
6185imagination, desires
7966spiritual gifts
8656longing for God

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