Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For everything in the world–the cravings of sinful man, the lust of his eyes and the boasting of what he has and does–comes not from the Father but from the world. The world and its desires pass away, but the man who does the will of God lives forever. 1 John 2:15-17 (NIV)
Do you love me? If you love me you will not love the world. Do you love me? If you love me, you will leave behind the cravings of your old sinful life. Do you love me? If you love me, you will not allow yourself to lust with your eyes over what you see in the world. Do you love me? If you love me, you will not boast about what you have. Do you love me? If you love me, you will not boast about what you have done. Now, can I answer your question? Yes, you may answer my question. Yes Lord, I love you. I do not love the world. I do not love the things in the world. This world is not my true home. I am not foolishly storing up treasures in this life that will soon pass away. I want to store up treasures in heaven with you. Yes Lord, I love you. You have made it possible for me to walk away from the cravings of my old sinful life. Walking away from my old sinful cravings is what I have done and will continue to do with all your help. Yes Lord, I love you. I am not allowing my eyes to lust after what I see in the world. I am keeping my heart and mind and life firmly focused on you. Yes Lord, I love you. I will not boast about what I have. All that I have has come as a gift from you. You have richly blessed my life. I will not boast about what I have done. You are the one who has been working in and through my life. If I have accomplished anything it is because you have allowed me to bear fruit for your kingdom and bring glory to your name. Apart from you I can do nothing. I give you thanks and praise and glory and honor for what you have done, are doing and will do in and through my life. It is my desire and joy to both know and do your will. That is how I want to spend my life. I want you to use me to accomplish your purposes and fulfill your plans. I want to live my life loving, following and serving you. Yes Lord, I love you with all my heart and mind and soul and strength. Yes, I do know that you love me. That is very good. I agree.
Lord, I once was entangled in the cravings, lusts and boastful things of this world. Thank you for breaking me free from all of that. Now, I love you with all my heart and mind and soul and strength. Help me to know and do your will as I follow and serve you. Amen
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