1 John 2:15-17 - Our Relationship With God And The World.

1 John 2:15-17 - Our Relationship With God And The World.

1 John 2:15-17 (NIV) 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 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 (NLT) Stop loving this evil world and all that it 
offers you, for when you love the world, you show that you do not have 
the love of the Father in you. 16 For the world offers only the lust 
for physical pleasure, the lust for everything we see, and pride in 
our possessions. These are not from the Father. They are from this 
evil world. 17 And this world is fading away, along with everything 
it craves. But if you do the will of God, you will live forever. 

1 John 2:15-17 (CWR) Don't love the world.  If anyone loves the 
world, the love of the Father is no longer in him. 16 The evil things 
of this world such as the cravings of our sinful human natures, the 
lusting of our eyes and the boasting of what we have do not come from 
the Father but from the world. 17 This world is passing away, but 
those who do the will of God will live forever. 


World: Not the world of people (Jn 3:16) or the created world 
(Jn 17:24), but the world, or realm, of sin (v. 16; Jas 4:4), which 
is controlled by Satan and organized against God and righteousness. 


We can't love the world - its values and systems and purposes - 
and love God at the same time. Clearly we should love the world in 
the same sense God does (see John 3:16), with compassion for all its 
people. But "the world" as John means it - with its fallen, corrupt ways 
and lack of dependence on God - is passing away along with all of 
its self-absorbed agendas. Many Christians try to live with one foot 
in the world and one foot in the kingdom, investing their loyalties 
in both and seeking fulfillment from both. Our role as we live in 
this world is to impact it without being influenced by its ways. We 
are to be devoted only to God and influenced only by God. [NIV Once 
A Day Bible] 

   Some people think that worldliness is defined by what we do - 
the people we associate with, the places we go, the activities we 
enjoy. But worldliness can be hidden internally because it begins in 
the heart. Three attitudes can help us identify it: first, craving 
for physical pleasure - preoccupation with gratifying physical 
desires; second, craving for everything we see - coveting and 
accumulating things, bowing to the god of materialism; and third, pride in 
our achievements and possessions - obsession with one's status or 
importance. When the serpent tempted Eve (Genesis 3:6), he tempted her in 
these areas. Also, when the devil tempted Jesus in the wilderness, 
these were his three areas of attack (see Matthew 4:1-11).  
   By contrast, God values self-control, generosity, and humble 
service. We may avoid worldly pleasures in our activities while still 
desiring them in our hearts. Conversely, we can love sinners and spend 
time with them like Jesus did while maintaining a commitment to the 
values of God's Kingdom. What are you desiring in your heart? Ask God 
to help you see the emptiness of worldly pleasures. [One Year NLT 

   You have to develop a taste for certain foods. Though some 
people love it, liver, for example, gags many people on the first try. 
It takes a commitment to continue eating this "delicacy" before you 
can get over the initial taste shock.  
   Being a Christian involves an adjustment of appetites, John 
writes. Love of the right things is an acquired taste, but worth every 
bit of effort.  
   John's goal in this reading is to enlighten his readers. He 
does this through a message about light and dark that tells a simple 
truth: You can see where you are going when you walk in God's light. 
Otherwise you are stumbling in the dark.  
   John instructed his readers to neither "love this world nor 
the things it offers you" (1 John 2:15). He listed three appeals 
that would drag believers down: "a craving for physical pleasure, a 
craving for everything we see, and pride in our achievements and 
possessions" (2:16). These pursuits would offer nothing of importance, and 
they would all fade away. Only doing God's will would have any kind 
of lasting effect.  
   To love the world and its treasures takes no effort at all - 
we do it naturally. That is why God tells us not to love it. This 
means that we must wean ourselves from it. We must set our sights on 
doing God's will, and let the world's appeals fall away in importance. 
   All the acts you do for Christ's sake will have lasting value 
- a changed life, an eternal reward, God's greater glory. Learn to 
love and do what God loves. [The One Year Through the Bible 
Devotional by Dave Veerman re 1 John 1:1-2:29] 

   When I look back on my life nowadays, which I sometimes do, 
what strikes me forcibly about it is that what seemed at the time 
most significant and seductive, seems now most futile and absurd. For 
instance, success in all of its various guises; being known and being 
praised; ostensible pleasures, like acquiring money or seducing women, or 
traveling, going to and fro in the world and up and down in it like Satan, 
exploring and experiencing whatever Vanity Fair has to offer. 
   In retrospect all these exercises in self-gratification seem 
pure fantasy, what Pascal called "licking the earth." They are 
diversions designed to distract our attention from the true purpose of our 
existence in this world, which is, quite simply, to look for God, and, in 
looking, to find Him, and having found Him, to love Him, thereby 
establishing a harmonious relationship with His purposes for His creation. 
Malcolm Muggeridge [Time With God SB] 

My dearest child,
   The world holds out to you a surface sort of happiness that 
depends on favorable circumstances. But I hold out joy.  
   The world offers relationships fraught with hidden agendas 
and self-serving motives. I offer love, gracious and unconditional. 
   The world holds out blame and shame and condemnation. I hold 
out forgiveness and the road to a new beginning. 
   The world rewards you with addictions and compulsions and 
momentary gratification. But I will fill you with peace that passes 
   The world offers broken contracts, vows, and promises. I give 
you my Word, that never changes. 
   The world runs hot and cold. One day you're valued and 
respected; the next you're forgotten like yesterday's headlines. But my 
character is love, and I am the same yesterday, today, and forever. 
   Oh, my child, do not fall in love with the world. It holds 
out to you only an imitation of life. I hold out life, abundant and 
free. Choose real life! Your God [Postcards from Heaven by Claire 


Pilgrim's Progress is the classic tale of Christian's escape 
from the City of Destruction to the Heavenly City. It is true to 
experience because all of us can identify with his encounters along the 
way. In the Valley of Humiliation he enters into combat with 
Apollyon, his fiercest foe. At the Hill of Difficulty he meets 
Adam-the-First and his three daughters: Lust-of-the-Flesh, Lust-of-the-Eyes and 
Pride-of-Life. In the town of Folly he narrowly escapes its greatest 
attraction, Vanity Fair. These encounters are John Bunyan's well-known 
descriptions of the threefold arena of all Christian conflict - the world, 
the flesh and the devil. They are the same three foes that appear 
here in 1 John. [Quiet Time SB re 1 John 2:12-17] 








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