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Difference Between Love and Lust

red-roseLove and lust are the two most confused concepts in all cultures around the world. And, yet, reams and reams of literature, innumerable works of art and scores of music have been created on these two concepts.

To begin with, while love is  mainly a spiritual and mental feeling, lust is purely based on a physical need. Unfortunately, this where most young people around the world trip. Confusing a physical feeling of lust as an attraction based on genuine emotion emanating from the heart and soul as love leads many young people to marry in haste and regret later.

Love requires discipline and commitment while lust needs no such positive attributes to manifest. Love is focused on the growth, improvement and comfort of the person who is the object of love. On the other hand, lust is focused on the satisfaction of the self and that too, mainly of the physical kind. Though, it may not necessarily be physical alone. Since love requires a commitment, a certain amount of discipline is necessary because you cannot harm the person you love whether physically or emotionally. In lust, no discipline is maintained as the person who is the object of lust becomes a subject of utility to be discarded once the purpose of self-satisfaction is fulfilled.

True Love inspires only positive emotions of joy, peace, serenity and friendship. Love becomes the fountainhead for individual progress and supports the universal positive attributes. On the other hand, lust inspires negative emotions though, a short-term feeling of exhilaration may be confused with love.

According to Eastern traditions of philosophy, love for an individual can translate into a universal love for all mankind and a higher love for god. While, lust can only translate into further depravity. While love leads to spirituality, lust leads to materialism. While love is an evolutionary positive force, lust is a destructive negative force.


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  1. The Disparity That Exists Between Love And Lust
    When we think about love and lust, most people presumably say that the disparity that exists between them is the most discombobulated or confusing one because it requires a lot of careful scrutiny to know it. From my perspective, I think that recognizing this disparity can make them ascertain that it is the most conspicuous one that ever exists. Some people say that they are synonymous; but in reality, they are not because even though they have a lot of common characteristics, there’s a lot of discrepancy that exists between them. Love is a profound, a passionate, or a natural affection for someone. It’s also care, devotion, and respect. But lust is absolutely the contrary; it’s an intense sexual desire.
    Let start by discussing that love is a profound, a passionate, or a natural affection for someone, but lust is not. As many people know, profound affection is the most ultimate feeling that shines in people’s hearts when they are in love. It can cause them to think and dream consistently about their partners. Some people who are in love often say that closing their eyes is one of the most appealing things that they can do because every time they do it, their partners are the first persons that they see; as result, it’s hard for them to stay away from their partners. They often also say that because love is a natural feeling, it comes from Jesus. When they are in love, there’s a transformation that effectuates in their souls and in their hearts that they are incapable of describing. They even think that their partners are the most amazing creatures that ever exist. But when people are in lust, the most dominant feeling that exists in their relationships is appeasing their sexual desires. Once they finish appeasing their needs, they don’t even think or dream about their partners anymore because they don’t really feel a natural, a profound, or a passionate feeling for their partners.
    Love is care that someone has for his partner, but lust is not. When someone cares for his partner, he wants to sacrifice himself to satisfy his partner’s needs. His partner’s problems represent his problems. When his partner lives in an insupportable condition, he’s affected mentally and physically. It can make him ponder how to solve the problem in order to remove his partner from it. If he can’t find a way to solve the problem, he starts having physical problems, such as becoming skinny or sick. In a simple statement, he always shows his partner his compassion. But someone who’s involved in a lusting relationship doesn’t care for his partner consistently because he doesn’t really feel a strong compassionate feeling for him or her. However, sometimes he may show his partner that he cares for her or him when he wants to appease his sexual need, but once he appeases his sexual desire, the moment of extortion begins. In a simple statement, someone who is in a lusting relationship cares for his partner temporarily, but one who is in a loving relationship cares for his partner unceasingly.
    Love is respect, but lust is not. From my perspective, I think that the most crucial or significant characteristic that exists in a relationship is respect. When someone respects his partner, he treats him or her with a special consideration, a high regard, or a high esteem. Those characteristics can assist this relationship to flourish positively and to avoid some negative impacts in it. However, in a lusting relationship, respect doesn’t show most of the time; consequently, the miss of respect causes that relationship to flourish negatively. The act of fighting, cheating, and using profanity plays a dominant role in it.

    Love is devotion, but lust is not. Majority of educated people describes devotion as a predilection or a penchant that someone has to do something. In a loving relationship, it works the same way. When two people devote themselves to love each other, they do their best to show respect, compassion, tolerance, or a positive attitude toward each other. But as I have being telling you in the preceding paragraph, if a lusting relationship is characterized by fighting, using profanity, and cheating, those are the primary persuasive statements that can convince us to know that people who are in a lusting relationship don’t devote themselves to love each other.
    Lust is an intense sexual desire, which plays the most dominant role in a lusting relationship. When you are in lust with your partner, you just want to have sex with him or her without thinking about a future; as a result, not thinking about a future is detrimental to the relationship. But in a loving relationship, it’s different. Even though sometime sexual desire exists in a loving relationship, it’s not detrimental to the relationship because you also think about the future, you show respect, and you show your compassion to your partner. Those characteristics are essential to the relationship. They assist it to develop positively.
    I strongly conclude that the disparity that exists between love and lust can assist us to know when we are in love and when we are in lust because most people think that they are in love; but in reality, they are not. It’s essential for us to scrutinize our partner in order to know his or her intentions if we don’t want to fall in a hot water. A lusting relationship is characterized and dominated by sexual or physical need that is not adequate for a true loving relationship.

    The Disparity That Exists Between Love and Lust
    Paulynice Roldens The Author Of This Article.

  2. Well by this I’m not lusting. Thx, I’m 16yrs old and have been questioning y I can’t stop thinking and wanting to b wth her whn she hurts me whn she can’t date me iv been rly confused.

  3. Sorry Tanner, but most likley you are lusting. Love is worked for tremendously. Most of us dont even get their. True Love is also perfect, therefore requiring a perfect union. As in both of you feeling that way. Because without untiy their can never be perfection.

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