Do not love the world nor 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 and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life, is not from the Father, but is from the world. The world is passing away, and also its lusts; but the one who does the will of God lives forever.

1 John 2:15-17

The command we find in these verses is stark and easy to understand. The Christian is to love the Lord and not the things of the world. Love for God should be supreme in the lives of Believers.

The binary given here is this—God’s people cannot love God and the ways of the world at the same time. We must choose one or the other.  Actually, we will choose one or the other. Are we going to live for Christ or are we going to strive for the temporary fads of this world?

The lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes will fade into obscurity. The pride of life will eventually pass away. Worldly possessions, pleasures, and practices are only temporary and will ultimately be brought to nothing. 

By contrast, the Christian has eternal life. The Believer is led to do God’s will and will be with Christ forever. Great joy and peace is promised to those who trust in Jesus.

Who will you love most of all? Will you seek contentment in the things of the world or in a relationship with Christ Jesus? Place your faith in Jesus today for the forgiveness of your sins. Believe that He died and rose again for your eternal life. Trust in Christ and He will save you and grant everlasting life to you. Life in Christ is far, far better.

Tony French

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