“Do not love the world or the things in the world.” As we are created in God’s image, we have a deep longing to love and be loved, and therefore we go out in search of it. The objects of our affections need to be rightly ordered if we are to truly find ultimate and lasting satisfaction. John challenges us to choose wisely and avoid becoming complacent in our faith by being enamored and full of desire for material wealth, status, power and the allure of sensuality. Because such things do not come from God, John says that if these sorts of things invade and fill our minds; the love of God is not in us. That’s a harsh reality, one that warrants deep thinking and evaluation. John presses us towards total devotion and allegiance to God, for we can only have one master. Where are you seeking and finding fulfillment these days? My prayer for you is that God’s love would invade your heart and give you the satisfaction you are longing for and searching for. His love is enough.
1 John 2:15-17
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.
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