Appetite – The natural desire of pleasure or good; the desire of gratification, either of the body or of the mind. Appetites are passions directed to general objects, as the for fame, glory or riches; in distinction from passions directed to some particular objects, which retain their proper name, as the passion of love, envy or gratitude. Passion does not exist without an object; natural appetites exist and are then directed to objects. (Websters 1828)
Proverbs 25:16 (Dissected and Defined): “Hast thou found honey? eat so much as is sufficient (enough) for thee, lest thou be filled (made full) therewith, and vomit it.”
Daily Devo Paraphrase: Here Solomon discusses the age-old analogy of an appetite gone awry. It is a hunger for sweets—honey. Appetites can be a dangerous thing. If you feed them, they become stronger. If you starve them, they become weaker.
There are three types of appetites in life. There are appetites that we must feed, appetites to be starved, and appetites that we must suppress. The appetites that need suppressing are the most difficult. They are not evil, and they may be necessary. But, they become dangerous if they are overfed.
An example of appetites that must be starved would be drugs, alcohol, pride, or self and possession-centeredness. These are bad appetites; and if they are starved, they will eventually die.
An example of appetites that must be fed would be physical exercise, spiritual exercise, giving of one’s self for the benefit of others, etc. These appetites, if fed, will grow stronger and bring you great benefits.
An example of appetites that must be suppressed would be food, television, sleep, or sexual satisfaction. These appetites are things that we may enjoy, but we must be careful to suppress them. If we overindulge, we grow overly attached to them, and they will leave a bad taste in our mouth.
Solomon taught us earlier in Proverbs20:17 that “Bread of deceit is sweet to a man; but afterwards his mouth shall be filled with gravel.” It may taste good, but it makes you feel bad. There is nothing wrong with honey, and there is nothing wrong with money! But, if you are not careful, they will begin to control you.
There are three appetites in life: righteousness, unrighteousness, and the most dangerous of them all—self-righteousness. If you feed your self-righteous appetites, you will find there is nothing right about your self. You’ll be left with a bad taste, Bud!
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