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::Devotional:: ‘Love Not The World’

October 4, 2010

Sherlock Holmes was a master at the art of deduction.  He was able to make logical and accurate conclusions about a person or a situation based on the evidence he could see.  Thankfully we don’t have to be masters of deduction to examine our lives for evidence of our salvation.  In fact, John laid out exactly what we need to look for to have assurance of our salvation in 1 John.

Already we’ve seen that the Bible, God’s word, plays a big part in the assurance of our salvation.  A desire in one’s heart to know and obey God’s word is evidence of salvation.  In addition, love plays another integral part of our assurance.  As a matter of fact, what we love and what we don’t love is the next piece of evidence John gives us to look for.

Do Not Love The World

This is not an us (Christian) vs. them (The World) mentality or mindset.  In fact, it really has less to with people and more to do with philosophy.  Consider the words of John.

15 Do not love the world nor the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of theFather is not in him. 16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes andthe boastful pride of life, is not from the Father, but is from the world. 17 The world is passingaway, and also its lusts ; but the one who does the will of God lives forever.  1 John 2:15-17

“The world” is an ideology, a set of beliefs that guides the actions of an individual, that John says we should avoid.  This ideology is based on three things; the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life.

It’s always important to clarify scripture with scripture, so consider the words of the Apostle Paul.

See to it that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deception, according to the tradition of men, according to the elementary principles of the world, rather than according to Christ.  Colossians 2:8

The World is a philosophy of empty deception built on the traditions of men according the to accepted principles of this world.  These accepted principles are based on sin; specifically the lust of the eyes, the lust of the flesh, and the pride of life.

Evidence of your salvation is that you desire to love the things of God and steer clear of the things that don’t come from him; in this case the ideology of the world.

-Stay Rooted Col. 2:7-

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One Comment leave one →
  1. pat turner permalink
    October 4, 2010 12:22 pm

    Very good devotion. More and more people in this world live for worldly things and not for God.

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