The slogan “If it feels good, do it” is pure hedonism —the philosophy that pleasure is the chief good of man. Although pleasure in itself is not wrong, it can lead to moral and spiritual ruin if it is not controlled by God’s Spirit.

Take the natural longing for physical, emotional, and spiritual intimacy. We all desire and need it. But if closeness is lacking in one’s marriage, for example, the desire to seek it with someone else can lead to much pain and suffering. It’s natural to seek pleasure and avoid pain, so it’s easy to believe that if something feels right it can’t be wrong. But feelings are never a reliable guide to morality.

Because all of us are sinful human beings, we need one all-encompassing good desire that is stronger than any others. When we experience God’s love through faith in Jesus Christ, something wonderful is born within us —a desire to love and please God for all He has done for us. This desire may grow faint at times, especially when other passions clamor for fulfillment. But the Lord is always working in us “both to will and to do for His good pleasure” (Phil. 2:13). When we realize that He always desires our good, we will want to live for His glory.

What is your greatest desire?