This is what God gave me today in his word:
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 desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride in possessions–is not from the Father but is from the world. And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever. (1 John 2:15-17)
So the (please forgive me if you are one) “Eco-freaks” had it wrong? We shouldn’t love the world, because if we do God doesn’t love us?
What does John mean, “don’t love the world”?
He means exactly what he said. He isn’t referring to the world, as in, Planet Earth. He’s referring to everyone (and thing) that is, “of the world and not of God”. I’ll put it this way: we are of Heaven, everyone else is of the World up and until the point where they change their citizenship. But that isn’t really the point of the passage: John is warning them here of the world. He doesn’t say they can’t go to the movies/watch TV/shop at Wal-Mart, he just says they shouldn’t love the world.
While we’re on the subject, how is it even possible to simply, “not love the world.” Isn’t it a little like just telling yourself, “don’t sin.”? What does not loving the world even mean? How is possible not to love the world?
By ourselves, it isn’t; By Jesus’ power though, all things are possible. – As the pastor said yesterday: we are babies, unable to do anything for our-self. We need God to pick us up in order to go anywhere (Spiritually). – Not loving the world, does not mean not doing something, or not going somewhere. That’s legalism. Not loving the world however, does mean this: loving God. Loving the world takes a different shape for every one: someone may get drunk, someone may be ‘addicted to smoking’, etc.
John is warning us to not love the world, because if we do Jesus doesn’t live in us. This is because we cannot serve two masters, both Jesus and the world. Thus, loving the world becomes the equivalent of trying to kick Jesus out. Which, as you might have guessed, isn’t a good idea. In fact, it could even be considered a very bad idea.
Jesus knew their thoughts and said to them, “Every kingdom divided against itself will be ruined, and every city or household divided against itself will not stand. (Matthew 12:25)
If what we want is divided against itself, we will very quickly come crumbling down from whatever height we’ve set our-self up to: If we try to serve both the world and God. Well, they invented the phrase ‘dead-meat’ for a reason.
The point is this: there is a reason behind John telling us not to love the world or anything in it, that reason is his trying to keep us from giving up the race; trying to keep us from having our mind divided.
You are Loved!