Pocket Sized Thoughts – 1 John – Part 9

Love not the world.” (2:15)

The world in which we live is another constant theme of John’s. He mentions it many times (2:2,15-17; 3:1,13,17; 4:1,3,4-5,9,14,17; 5:4,5,19). It describes not so much the physical attributes, such as mountains, lakes, rivers, coastline, etc., but more to the order, arrangement and system under which it operates. In this way, its function is under a prince, Satan (see John 14:30). The world, sometimes knowingly, but more often unknowingly, is under his direction and orchestration. Worldly values are essentially his values. They are characterised by greed, selfishness and the desire to dominate. In Satan’s world, love, kindness, humility and gentleness are despised; these are aspects of God’s kingdom and it should be no surprise that when we display them, the world will hate us (3:13). We are not to be conformed to these values of the world (Romans 12:2). They were introduced in the beginning to Adam and Eve in the garden of Eden. They have multiplied and become ever more powerful as men have increased upon the earth. The Lord Jesus systematically undid all that Satan introduced (the lust of the eyes, the lust of the flesh and the pride of life). Because Jesus Christ overcame all the values of the world, we also are to overcome the world. This is why we are not to love what the world loves.

PRAYER :- “Lord, help me to see that this world system is diametrically opposed to the values of Your kingdom, so that I may live more in line with your will and not mine, nor the world’s.”