Tuesday April 4
Bible Reading: 1 John 2: 15 - 23
Topic: Love Not The World
John warns Christians not to love the world - that is the world system ruled and dominated by satan - because love of the world draws us away from God.
Love of the world involves:
lust of the flesh - which refers to sensual and sex related desires
lust of the eye - which includes every form of covetousness or things we like to possess for the gratification of the flesh
pride of life - which involves selfish ambitions for power, position, recognition e.t.c.
This does not mean that a Christian cannot desire good things which our Father in Heaven provides for us (Jas. 1: 17); problems arise when we as in order to gratify the flesh (Jas. 4: 3-4) - e.g. when one adds to his fleet of cars just to rival his neighbour or join a social class.
Lusting after the things of the world draws our hearts away from God, because the more we love them, the less we love God.
It is not possible to love God with our whole heart while craving the values of the world.
Christians are to change the world through the preaching of the Gospel rather than live to enjoy its values.
We are strangers not part of the world and its systems (1 Pet. 2: 11)
Father in Heaven, thank You for Your Word which has come forth today. Help me to always remember that the world and all that there are in it will pass away some day but Your Word shall endure, I pray in Jesus Name, Amen.
Memory verse: 1 John 2: 14
"For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eye and the pride of life is not of the Father but is of the world"
Source: The Daily Fountain
(The Daily Devotional Guide of the Church of Nigeria Anglican Communion)