WE MUST CHOOSE

“Do not love this world nor the things it offers you.”    1 John 2:15 NLT

 

We must choose our love and then maintain our choice. We love either the world or the Father, but not both. John is saying the same thing that Jesus said (Luke 16:13), “No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other; you will be devoted to one and despise the other.” We must make a basic decision in life: Will we live to know God and His eternal love, or will we live for this world and its fleeting pleasures? We can’t take a little of both. Once we’ve made that decision, we must fight to maintain our choice against the strong current of this world. “Do not love” is a present imperative, indicating that it is an ongoing battle. The Greek word for “love” is agape, indicating that it is a commitment, not a feeling, that John is commanding. The only way that we can fight the love of the world is to maintain and grow in our love for the Father. What is “the world” or “worldliness”? The Greek word for “world” cosmos occurs 185 times in the New Testament. John uses it 105 times – 78 times in his Gospel, 24 times in his letters and 3 times in Revelation. It originally meant “order” and it came to refer to the universe as the well-ordered ornament of God. Our word “cosmetics” comes from the word. Applying cosmetics is an attempt to bring order! It may refer to the physical world or to the people of the world collectively. In those senses, there is nothing wrong with loving the world. We should enjoy God’s creation and we should love sinful people who need to know the Saviour.

 

PRAYER THOUGHT

Lord Jesus, let Your love reach those who are lost.

 

PRAYER FOR TODAY

Lord, as we enjoy the beauty of Your creation and love what You have created, give us a greater love for those who are lost and do not know the wonder of Your love in Jesus Christ. AMEN

 

I.B.R.A. Readings

Judges 7:9-14

 

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