LOVING the ‘WORLD’ is a SIN against GOD
December 22 Bible Reading: 1 John Chapters 1-3
"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 lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life--is not of the Father but is of the world. And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever." (1 John 2:15-17)
In the above passage, the term ‘world’ does not refer to the universe created by God but the community of sinful humanity that possesses a spirit of rebellion against God under the dominion of Satan (1 John 5:19). In this sense, the ‘world’ is the satanic system opposing Christ’s kingdom on this earth. We are plainly warned not to love the ‘world’ or the things that are in the ‘world’ since our love for the world is not compatible with our love for God.
All that the ‘world’ has to offer may be described as the lust of the flesh (sinful sensual pleasures), the lust of the eyes (covetousness or materialism), and the pride of life (being proud about ourselves). The lust of the flesh refers to such sensual bodily appetites as proceed from within our evil nature. The lust of the eyes applies to such evil desires as may arise from what we see. The pride of life is an unholy ambition for self-display and self-glory. These three areas of appeal were presented to Eve, who gave in (Gen. 3:6) and to Jesus Christ, who overcame through the Word of God (Matt. 4:1–11). We should also depend on the Word of God to defeat temptation in our lives.
Living for this ‘world’ is like rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic that will sink soon. This ‘world’ is passing away so there is no point in living for this world alone. To be consumed with this life is to be unprepared for the next. What a tragedy to invest our resources in what will not last. But we will abide forever when we do the will of God as this will deliver us from the temptation of passing things.