53+ Bible Verses About Lust

Shaun Connell.
Last updated
April 26, 2024

In our journey through life, the topic of lust is one that frequently emerges, challenging our spiritual and moral resolve. This article delves into the depths of this subject, presenting 63 insightful pieces, including 56 Bible verses from the New King James Version (NKJV) and 7 poignant Christian quotes. Each scripture and quote has been carefully selected to shed light on the multifaceted nature of lust, its impact on our lives, and the path to overcoming it through faith and wisdom.

Understanding the complexity of lust and its various manifestations requires a thoughtful exploration of the Word of God. This compilation of 56 Bible verses and 7 Christian quotes aims to guide, inspire, and strengthen your resolve against the temptations of lust. As we navigate through these passages and reflections, let them serve as a beacon of hope and a reminder of the grace that empowers us to live a life of purity and devotion. Continue reading for a comprehensive understanding of lust from a Christian perspective.

The Nature of Lust

"But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed. Then, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth death."

- James 1:14-15 (NKJV)

"I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh."

- Galatians 5:16 (NKJV)

"For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the Father but is of the world."

- 1 John 2:16 (NKJV)

"Let us walk properly, as in the day, not in revelry and drunkenness, not in lewdness and lust, not in strife and envy."

- Romans 13:13 (NKJV)

"For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, lusts."

- Mark 7:21 (NKJV)


"But I say to you that whoever looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart."

- Matthew 5:28 (NKJV)

"Flee also youthful lusts; but pursue righteousness, faith, love, peace with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart."

- 2 Timothy 2:22 (NKJV)

The Consequences of Lust

"Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God."

- 1 Corinthians 6:9-10 (NKJV)

"But I say to you that whoever divorces his wife for any reason except sexual immorality causes her to commit adultery; and whoever marries a woman who is divorced commits adultery."

- Matthew 5:32 (NKJV)

"For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord."

- Romans 6:23 (NKJV)

"But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and harmful lusts which drown men in destruction and perdition."

- 1 Timothy 6:9 (NKJV)

"Marriage is honorable among all, and the bed undefiled; but fornicators and adulterers God will judge."

- Hebrews 13:4 (NKJV)

"Therefore God also gave them up to uncleanness, in the lusts of their hearts, to dishonor their bodies among themselves."

- Romans 1:24 (NKJV)

"Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness."

- Galatians 5:19 (NKJV)

Overcoming Lust with the Spirit

"Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh."

- Galatians 5:16 (NKJV)

"But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfill its lusts."

- Romans 13:14 (NKJV)

"If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit."

- Galatians 5:25 (NKJV)

"I say therefore to the unmarried and widows, It is good for them if they abide even as I. But if they cannot contain, let them marry: for it is better to marry than to burn with passion."

- 1 Corinthians 7:8-9 (NKJV)

"For God has not called us to uncleanness, but in holiness."

- 1 Thessalonians 4:7 (NKJV)

"Therefore, brethren, we are debtors—not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh. For if you live according to the flesh you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live."

- Romans 8:12-13 (NKJV)

"And those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires."

- Galatians 5:24 (NKJV)

"No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it."

- 1 Corinthians 10:13 (NKJV)

The Role of Mind and Thought in Battling Lust

"Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things."

- Philippians 4:8 (NKJV)

"But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh."

- Galatians 5:16 (NKJV)

"Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth."

- Colossians 3:2 (NKJV)

"For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit."

- Romans 8:5 (NKJV)

"Keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it spring the issues of life."

- Proverbs 4:23 (NKJV)

"Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you."

- James 4:7 (NKJV)

"Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour."

- 1 Peter 5:8 (NKJV)

Christian Quotes

"Lust is a poor, weak, whimpering, whispering thing compared with that richness and energy of desire which will arise when lust has been killed."

- C.S. Lewis

"The spirit of lust is in all of us; but so is the Holy Spirit who gives us strength to overcome."

- Billy Graham

"To flee from lust is the beginning of freedom, to have removed it entirely is to have reached perfection."

- Saint Augustine


"Our generation is in need of Christian men and women who are not afraid to say no to the culture of lust and yes to purity."

- Joshua Harris

"The true warrior against lust is he who uses the shield of faith to quench the fiery darts of the wicked one."

- John Owen


"We must not allow the enemy to use our past to poison our present and future. Resist, and stand firm in the faith."

- Joyce Meyer

"Remember, purity is not the absence of lust, but the pursuit of a holy life."

- Tim Keller


The journey through understanding and overcoming lust is challenging, yet deeply rewarding. Empowered by the Holy Spirit, guided by the Scriptures, and inspired by the wisdom of Christian leaders, we find the strength to pursue purity and holiness in all aspects of life. This compilation of scriptures and quotes serves as a reminder of the transformative power of God's word and the community of faith that supports us in our walk.

"Therefore, laying aside all malice, all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and all evil speaking, as newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby."

- 1 Peter 2:1-2 (NKJV)

"This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh."

- Galatians 5:16 (NKJV)

"Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God."

- Matthew 5:8 (NKJV)

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Written By:

Shaun Connell

Shaun Connell is a passionate Christian businessman and investor who lives in Texas. Shaun is a Reformed Baptist who believes that the Word of God should be used in every area of life.

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