Thursday, October 6, 2022

Today’s Reading - 1 John 2

Pray - The verse or idea over your life that spoke to you today.

Verse

15 Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in them. 16 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. 17 The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever. - 1 John 2:15-17

Meditation

We all love things of the world. Every single one of us! We love our vehicles, our houses, the equipment related to our hobbies, our families, and most people will even admit they love their job. These verses can contradict what is the reality for most all people. We love things of this world. Original context helps to understand. When we think of the world we think of Earth and possibly the solar system. Generally, we see the world as the space we live in and there are things about it we love. In first century New Testament language, world symbolized the kingdom of darkness or sin, and had its roots in a Jewish perception of dark and light. Paul referred to it as the flesh. Now it begins to make sense. A very clear biblical principle is that it is impossible to live in the light of Christ and in the darkness of evil at the same time. The scriptures teach us when we are given two options, we will love one and hate the other. John then clarifies for us in verse 16 when he illustrates with three sins which are representative of the things of the world, the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life. When we love things rooted in sinful behavior, it is impossible to love the things of God at the same time giving clarity to the last sentence of verse 15. It makes sense when we understand what the world represents. This might sound quirky, but our love can only be directed in one direction. You can only drive your car in one direction at a time. You can only drive your love in one direction at a time. And finally, John reminds us of the temporal nature of the things of this world. They pass away. Loving our heavenly Father allows us to live out His will and indeed lasts forever. We can’t do both so choose to have great love for the Father.

Prayer

Heavenly Father, we do love you and we want to love you to the degree that we have no desire for the things of the world. We pray that our love for you will be so intimate that our desire for sinful things becomes less and less of a temptation. Help us in every way to do your will. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.