Loving the World or God

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. 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. And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever.

1 John 2:15-17

You cannot be on the fence, especially when there are conflicting positions between the two sides. The things of the world are totally opposed to the things of God. If we are attracted by the things of the world, it is time for us to analyze ourselves and evaluate our relationship with God. Most likely to be the case that our love for God has waned because we love the world more than Him as 1st John 15:17 says: If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.

Between God and the world there are opposing positions. Says James 4:4: Adulterers and adulteresses! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Whoever therefore wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God. Means, as James says, be a friend of the world is become the enemy of God. So loving the things of the world is to be friends with him. Therefore, again it confirms that it cannot be with both God and the world.

In 1 John 3:1 says: Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God! Therefore the world does not know us, because it did not know Him. The world does not know God and does not know us, who are His children. That’s why people who are in the world look at Christians as if they were aliens. And somehow they have a point that God’s children are citizens of the Kingdom of Heaven, which is not of this world.

The apostle Paul says in 1 Corinthians 2:12: Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God. Not having the spirit of the world but God, it is quite clear that there is no way in to agree the world being with God. This is another biblical assertion of the opposition between the things of God and the world.

Another proof that the things of God and the world are opposite is found in 2 Corinthians 7:10: For godly sorrow produces repentance leading to salvation, not to be regretted; but the sorrow of the world produces death. To repent of our sins we feel sadness for having failed God; but the sadness leads to the subsequent joy of being forgiven and have eternal life. Instead, the sadness in the world equals death.

The main reason for antagonism between God and the things of the world gives 1 John 5:19: We know that we are of God, and the whole world lies under the sway of the wicked one. Now that you know this, do you still love the things of the world? Already you see why a friend of the world is an enemy of God? We are either with God or with the devil that dominates the world. It’s time to make the decision and not live between two stools. God bless you.

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