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May 7, 2017, 5:00 AM

Why did John use the word love in his warning to us about the world?


Do not love this world nor the things it offers you, for when you love the world, you do not have the love of the Father in you. For the world offers only a craving for physical pleasure, a craving for everything we see, and pride in our achievements and possessions. These are not from the Father, but are from this world. And this world is fading away, along with everything that people crave. But anyone who does what pleases God will live forever. 1 John 2:15-17

Have you ever asked yourself why John used the word love in his warning to us about the world?  John could’ve used any number of other words or expressions, like “chase after” or “lust for.”  The thing is John was talking about a relationship, and the currency of a loving relationship is trust. Before I knew the Lord, I didn’t have anything to put my trust in except myself and worldly thoughts and ideas.  Here was one of my trust paths, going backward from goal to tactics:

I trusted that if I could capture the attention of people around me, I would feel valued and loved.

I trusted that if I were the fun going party guy, I would capture the attention of the people around me.

I trusted that if I drink enough and did things to the extreme, I would be the fun going party guy.

I wound up “in love” with drinking, and this took me down a path of being an alcoholic. In a way, I was “love sick,” in that the thing I focused my affection and attention on is what made me physically, emotionally, and spiritually ill.  God deliver me from that but I know I have to be very careful not to flirt with drinking when things don’t go my way.  I know that if I don’t turn to God, I’ll turn to something lesser to take His place. How about you, in what areas are you “love sick” and misdirecting your affection?

 

So what should we be drawn to when the world confounds us? Where should we get our sufficiency? What or whom should we love? The answer is Jesus Christ, and here’s why. Material things will decay. Circumstances will disappoint. Achievements will leave us empty. And people will let us down.  Only Christ has promised to sustain us until the time comes to join Him in paradise.  Meanwhile, we can read His Word, which is a love story written directly to us. We can choose to not just be hearers of what it says, but doers. Only then can we make a dent in our love problems with this world.  What step do you need to take this week to draw closer to Christ?

 

This is my Prayer: Father God, thank you for creating a perfect world in the beginning. Jesus when we messed it up with sin, You rushed in with a rescue plan.  Lord help me to always turn to You, no matter what going on in my life.  God teach me to listen to Your voice, and respond to people and situations with grace, always remembering that You are in control. In Jesus’ name, Amen.


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