God created us with desires so they are good. We have many desires; we desire to eat, be happy, have sex, be loved and love others, and to have a peaceful life among many other desires too numerous to note here. Now, the adversary our old friend Satan loves to corrupt our God given desires. Do we choose to enjoy our desires in the manner that God intended or, do we choose to push our desires beyond what is good for us?
We are tempted daily to follow the dark road with our desires, temptation is not necessarily a sin. How we react to temptation is what really matters. Take this simplistic example which is almost a cliche: I am a man, I am attracted to women … let’s say the Devil tempts me with a beautiful women; if I let my mind dwell on sexual thoughts towards the woman, I have sinned. If I go forth and act on my thoughts and the lady and I have sexual relations, I have also sinned. If I just appreciate the beauty of the woman and no thoughts turn towards the bedroom relations, I have not sinned and I go forth with joy.
So as I see it, Satan can tempt me all day every day if he so chooses but, I can brush him off and keep the beauty where it belongs in my mind. The desire isn’t bad, it is our decision whether or not we leave the desire pristine or throw mud on it. Desires whatever they may be are good if used unselfishly and within God’s will. ~b