“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.” 1 John 2:15-16
Application to life:
What a powerful scripture! First we must understand how to know what to love. By knowing God we are given the opportunity to know where our love should be. The Bible is like an instruction manual that tells us how to put together the pieces of our lives in a way that uses the stories of those before us. Example: Our parents told us not to hang upside down off of the furniture or to not play with fire because they have experience with what the consequences will be. God is the creator and knows what will hurt us.
1 John 2:15-16 tells us that anyone who loves the world does not have love for God. This is because, like Matthew 6:24 states, “No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.”
Having love for the world includes having a love for material, lacking self-control, and having greed. Since the world will fade away all that is in, and of the world, will also fade. This creates the despise that Matthew 6:24 talks about. We must turn our sights on the Lord and his will which will then set us free from our shackles on the world.
Reading the word of God and praying gives us the opportunity to understand what we should love. There are so many verses that describe love and what to love. The two that come to mind are 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 and 1 John 4:7. The first describes love while the second guides us in what we should love- each other.
A Worshipper’s Word:
As a child I remember being around the campfire and playing very close to the flames. I would slowly inch forward and was told that I needed to back up or I would get burned. I continued to play close to the fire when it then popped and a spark landed on the top of my hand where I still have the scar. I chose to ignore the warnings that my parents offered me and ended up getting burned.
When God gives instruction it is for our good and because he loves us. When we ignore the instruction, many times, we blame God because we didn’t listen. Our hurt is misdirected at God due to not listening in the first place. In my case with the fire I know that I cried and I was upset with my parents for letting me play so close to the flames…even though I was warned not to play near them!