JM’s Journal: Do Not Love the Things of This World


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Do Not Love the Things of This World

Instead, Do the Will of the Father

by J.M. Troppello


If you look around with eyes that are open to actually see what is going on, you can see that evil is growing and running rampant more each day. It should be no surprise that evil is in this world. It is a fallen world where Eve was tempted in the Garden of Eden by the serpent to eat fruit from the forbidden tree. Then Adam fell as he accepted her offer of the fruit as well. You can read about the Temptation and Fall of Man in Genesis 3.


15 Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16 For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the Father but is of the world. 17 And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever. (I John 2:15-17, NKJV)

I love this passage from I John 2:15-17 because it ‘tells it like it is’ as my husband would say. John urges believers not to love this world or the things in it. Look at that second statement from verse 15: If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. Now, this passage is not telling believers to judge or hate the non-believers in the world. It’s telling us not to get entangled with the sin and lusts of this world.


According to The Thomas Nelson Study Bible (TNSB), “John’s readers were acting in a way that was inconsistent with the relationship with Christ. World here is the morally evil system opposed to all that God is and holds dear. In this sense, the world is the satanic system opposing Christ’s kingdom on this earth.” (see: vs 16; John 12:31; Eph. 6:11-12; and James 4:4).


There are three different ways that believers can be lured away from God to the world:


  • Lust of the flesh – This pertains to any desire for sinful, sensual pleasure.

  • Lust of the eyes – This refers to covetousness and materialism.

  • Pride of life – This relates to being proud of your position in the world.


Wow! Just researching and defining those three categories of worldly temptations has definitely given me pause. Just wow again! Have I been desiring sinful, sensual pleasures? Have I been coveting material things from this world? Have I been proud of my position in this world?


I will be taking time to think about those three things and analyzing where I stand spiritually regarding all of them. Time is short. The world is getting more aggressively evil each day. I know that I need to do my part to grow in my relationship with the Lord. I must shine my light even more brightly for the Lord and be a witness to those brokenhearted in this world. I need to take time to pray about this some more.


Thank you for coming along with me on my journey of faith as I share daily in these articles. I hope my musings and dissecting of these passages of Scripture have been both encouraging and motivating you to cultivate your own relationship with the Lord.


Are you in love with the things of this world?



Article syndicated by Mustard Seed Sentinel on Medium.com.

 

About the Author


JM Troppello at Mustard Seed Sentinel

J.M. Troppello is an author, writer, and poet. She is the publisher of the online Christian lifestyle magazine, Mustard Seed Sentinel.


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