Saturday, January 16, 2021

Nolite diligere mundum ea | Do not love this world

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 you1 John 2:15‭  (NLT)

Verses 12 to 14 of the second chapter of the first letter of John provide encouraging reminders. That regardless of our spiritual maturity, as God’s children, our sins have been forgiven through Jesus. And that because God’s word lives in our hearts, we are strong, even those of us who are still young in the faith (verse 14). Our fellowship with God makes us victorious over the evil one.

Apostle John then provides a piece of clear and practical advice on what we should not do as children of God and why it is important not to do so. As children of God who carry the love of God, we should not love worldly things, which are not pleasing to God (v.15). Instead, we should focus on what pleases God.

Apostle John explains that unlike godly pursuits, cravings for physical pleasure, material possessions, and pride of life, which the world offers, are fleeting and are not from God (v.16- v.17).

Is my happiness anchored on worldly things? Am I focusing on the wrong things? Because of the love of Christ in my hearts and by the truth of God’s word, I am confident that I can increasingly discover the joy of obeying Him, and that I will be able to carry out His will for my life. 

In Jesus, we have a life truly worth living!

Reflection on 1 John 2:12‭-17 by Ruth Francisco.

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