LOVE NOT THE WORLD

“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.”                  1 John 2:15 NKJV

 

Worldliness is, at its core, a matter of the heart. If our heart is captured by the world, we will love the things of the world. If our heart is captured by the love of God, we will be drawn to Him and to the things of God. The only way that our hearts can be transformed so that we love God is by the supernatural new birth. John wrote this letter to churches that were being affected and confused by certain heretics. They claimed to have enlightenment, but John says that they were still in the darkness. They tried to draw people into their inner circle of knowledge, but their doctrine and their practice revealed that they did not truly know God. John gives three tests by which his readers could evaluate these teachers and by which they could tell whether their own faith was sound: the moral test – obedience; the relational test – love for others; the doctrinal test – believing the truth about Jesus Christ. In 1 John 2:3-6, John applies the first test: authentic faith obeys God’s commandments. In 1 John 2:7-11, he applies the second test: authentic faith loves God’s people. Then he pauses in 1 John 2:12-14 to give an assuring clarification, showing his confidence that his readers do have authentic faith. Now, he resumes his application of the tests by showing that authentic faith is not of the world, but rather it knows and believes the truth about Jesus Christ. John characteristically draws a sharp line, with no middle ground: If you love the world, you do not love the Father.

 

PRAYER THOUGHT

Lord Jesus, may our love for You be very clear to all.

 

PRAYER FOR TODAY

Holy Spirit, move in our hearts so that we will be captured by the love of God, drawn to Him and to the things of God, so that Your love will be expressed in our daily living. AMEN

 

I.B.R.A. Readings

Genesis 32:9-21

 

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