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Do Not Love The World

1 John 2:15

Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in them.

It’s summer and there are many summer activities. My Facebook page is exploding with people on vacations for example. Some of them are at the beach – some in the mountains – some at the lake – some playing golf – some are spending time with the family in staycations. Others are enjoying being poolside or eating crabs or swimming in the river or creek near their home. Others are boating or going to a baseball game or barbecuing in the backyard.

Most people look forward to the summer – the children are off school – vacations are usually taken – trips to see family or special places. Summers make us feel like getting out and doing things. Some of us actually love doing yard work and spending time in gardens and outdoors.

What is your favorite hobby? Where do you like to spend your spare time? If you had a week or two in the summer – what would you do with it? What is it that you love in life? What is it in this world you love?

Scripture tells us to not love the world. No – I didn’t set us up – we’re not to love the world more than we love God – we’re not to love the things of this world so much that we would rather do them than soak in the presence of God. We are to love spending time with God and God’s people more than anything else – because we will be spending eternity with them.

Here’s today’s passage in partial context. 1 John 2:12–17 – 12 I am writing to you, dear children, because your sins have been forgiven on account of his name. 13 I am writing to you, fathers, because you know him who is from the beginning. I am writing to you, young men, because you have overcome the evil one. 14 I write to you, dear children, because you know the Father. I write to you, fathers, because you know him who is from the beginning. I write to you, young men, because you are strong, and the word of God lives in you, and you have overcome the evil one. 15 Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in them. 16 For everything in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—comes not from the Father but from the world. 17 The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever.

The word love is used in so many ways. When we were kids and someone said they loved something – we would ask – would you marry that something? Here John is using the term love to mean total committed to something – desiring something above all else. Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in them. For everything in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—comes not from the Father but from the world. The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever.

This type of love – this type of commitment – this type of focus should be saved for God and God alone. We should have a heart for none other than God when it comes to this type of love. So – where’s our heart? So where’s our commitment? So – do we love God more than anything or anyone? Jesus put it this way – Mark 12:30 – Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.

Just something for us to think about today as we go on our way.

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June 26, 2017 - Posted by | Build, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Marriage, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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