Jan 16, 2012

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Do Not Love the World

Do Not Love the World

Do not love the world.

15 “Do not love the world or anything in the world.  If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.  16 For everything in the world –  the cravings of the 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. 17 The world and its desires pass away, but the man who does the will of God lives forever.” – 1 John 2:15-17

This was a tough concept for me to grasp when I first understood what it meant to be a christian. I wanted to  transfer what I read in the bible into my daily life, but I couldn’t wrap my head around verse 15, “Do not love the world or anything in the world”.   I believe I initially confused the definition of “love” with the word “like” or “enjoy”.  I would beat myself up for watching and enjoying football.  I would feel guilty playing golf and other activities.  Basically, I was beating myself up for enjoying life and partaking in anything I found fun because I thought that since I liked doing these things, I must love these things . . . which verse 15 warns me against.  I have since come to understand the above passage in a different manner.  It is perfectly fine to enjoy things during our short time here on Earth.  We just can’t put these things above God . . .actually they there shouldn’t even be a second place!!!  I can like things and enjoy activities and I can use them to further God’s kingdom.  I could use my time on the golf course to bring other golfers closer to God.  I can meet with other football fans to watch a game and get to know them better and communicate what a relationship with God looks like.  Bottom line, no matter what you do or what you like, use it to glorify our Father!!!!  So next time you are out on the golf course, at art class, at dance class, at the gym, playing basketball . . . . use what you have in common to bring others closer to the Lord!

 

 

 

 

 

  1. Excatly! Well said. I too struggle with this! Now, I use these things( sports, book club, waiting for Emma at gymnastics) to reach others. In using these things as a common, mutual ground, I find it easier to share my faith in a non threatening way!

  2. Amen! Any chance to get with other people and discuss God is a plus. The question we have to ask ourselves is whether we are really thinking like this during these times. Is God leading or are we simply taking Him along? Speaking to myself here.

    • Right on the money, we have to really be putting the interests of the kingdom first and not using it as an excuse to do things we enjoy with no follow through

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