Do not love this world nor the things it offers you, for when you love the world, you do not have the love of the Father in you. For the world offers only a craving for physical pleasure, a craving for everything we see, and pride in our achievements and possessions. These are not from the Father, but are from this world.
- 1 John 2:15-16
On more than one occasion in Scripture, the church is compared to a bride-and Jesus is the Groom. One day, there will be a heavenly wedding, and the church will be presented to Him.
Just as a husband and wife need to be faithful to one another, we need to be faithful to the Lord. When people break their vows and are unfaithful to their spouse, they commit adultery. But did you know that Christians can commit spiritual adultery? We do this by loving this world system. James wrote, "You adulterers! Don't you realize that friendship with the world makes you an enemy of God? I say it again: If you want to be a friend of the world, you make yourself an enemy of God" (James 4:4).
"World," as it is used here, doesn't mean the Earth. There is nothing wrong with appreciating what God has made. I think, more than anyone else, Christians can appreciate the handiwork of our Heavenly Father.
The "world" James was speaking of is a system of thought, a mentality, a way of living that is embraced by most. Yet the Bible says, "Do not love this world nor the things it offers you, for when you love the world, you do not have the love of the Father in you" (1 John 2:15).
I like this paraphrase of the same verse from: "Don't love the world's ways. Don't love the world's goods. Love of the world squeezes out love for the Father. Practically everything that goes on in the world-wanting your own way, wanting everything for yourself, wanting to appear important-has nothing to do with the Father. It just isolates you from him."
We don't want to commit spiritual adultery. God has called us to be faithful to Him.
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