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 Not Love The World
I won’t do that. What won’t you do? I won’t love the world. That is much easier said than done. How is it that you won’t love the world? The world and all that is in it is seeking your affection. The world and all that is in it is wanting your devotion. The world is continually bombarding your heart and mind and life with all its thoughts and opinions and values. How will you resist it? How will you overcome it? Your heart and mind and life are in a battle with the world. How will you defeat it? Do you think it will be enough to simply state your resolve? Certainly not. I don’t have the power within myself to overcome and defeat the world. I would be foolish to think that my resolve would be enough for me to not love the world. You got that right.
My resolve is only a statement of faith. My resolve is only the beginning of a prayer. What prayer is that? I am here and now telling that I love you with all my heart and mind and soul and strength. It is your love for me and my love for you that will prevent me from loving the world. Your love will overcome, overpower and defeat the world’s attempts at securing my love of it. You will draw me close to you. You will fan the flame of love in me for you. My love for you will burn white hot in me. I will live the life you called me to live. My heart and mind and life will be focused on you. I will hear your voice. I will follow your commands. I will go where you guide me. I will do all that you ask of me. I will not love the world. I will love you instead of the world because you be with me to help me every step of the way, on every day of my life. You will help me to keep on walking with you now and forever. Yes, I will.
Heavenly Father, thank you that you have set me free to love you rather than the evil that is in the world. Guard my heart and mind and life from all the evil desires that are in the world so that I will be able to love you as I do your will and walk in your ways. Amen
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