1 John 2:15-16 NIV 2011
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.
John echoed Paul’s words to the Roman church concerning conforming/loving the world. Romans 12:2a, “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” James’ words to the church in Jerusalem were similar to John’s. James 4:4b, “Therefore, anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God.” Moses cautioned Israel regarding spiritual unfaithfulness to God. Exodus 34:15, “Be careful not to make a treaty with those who live in the land.” Obedience completes our love for God.
I walk a fine line daily between being of the world and living in it. Galatians 6:14, “May I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.” My prayer is to be more like Paul in his letters and love the Lord, not the world. My focus needs to be upward rather than inward. Spending time in God’s Word draws me away from the world. Being obedient completes my love for God.
Why do we love the world more than God?
Loving the Lord,