Paul N. F. (30 March 2014)
"Wrong Desires Pervert Our Moral Judgments"

Wrong Desires Pervert Our Moral Judgments

    By A. W. Tozer

Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness:
   for they shall be filled.
  --Matthew 5:6

        Unsanctified desire will stop the growth of any Christian life and
    conversely, purified  desires  will  tend towards righteousness by a
    kind of gentle moral gravitation.

        In  the  moral  world,  right  desires tend toward life and evil ones
    toward death
---that in essence is the scriptural teaching on this subject!

        Whatever a man wants badly enough and persistently enough will
    determine the man's character.

        Wrong desire - perverts the moral judgment so that we are unable
    to appraise the desired object at its real value.

        However we try, still a thing looks morally better because we want
    it.  For that reason, our heart is often  our worst counselor, for if it is
    filled  with  desire,  it may give  us bad advice, pleading the purity of
    something that is in itself anything but pure!

        When  our  dominant  desires  are  bad, the  whole  life  is  bad 
     as a consequence. When the desires are good, the life comes up
     to the level of our desires, provided that we have within us the
     enabling Spirit.

        At the root of all true  spiritual growth is a set of right and  sanctified
     desires.  The  whole  Bible  teaches  that we  can  have whatever we
     want badly  enough  if,  it hardly  need  be said,  our  desire is 
   according to the will of God!

        The desire after God and holiness is back of all real spirituality, and
    when that desire becomes  dominant in the life, nothing can prevent us
    from  having  what we want.  The longing cry of the God-hungry
    soul can only be, "Oh, to be like Thee!"

    Yours in Christ,
    Paul N. F