Thursday

Love Not The World

Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For everything in the world—the cravings of sinful man, the lust of his eyes and the boasting of what he has and does—comes not from the Father but from the world. The world and its desires pass away, but the man who does the will of God lives forever. What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, and yet lose or forfeit his very self? It teaches us to say "No" to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, while we wait for the blessed hope—the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ. Who is it that overcomes the world? Only he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God.

ASK YOURSELF

Do you think that overcoming the flesh is the same as overcoming the world?
What does John 16:33 tells us about the world?
What profit has a man if he gets all the world with the loss of his life?

1 John 2:15-17
Luke 9:25
Titus 2:12-13
1 John 5:5

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7 comments:

bingkee said...

Just like the song, "I don't want to gain the world, and lose my soul" explicitly expresses my desire.

Mel Avila Alarilla said...

We can live in this world but not of this world. We must never compromise our Christian values by embracing the lures of the world. Thanks for the post. God bless you always.

Joseph Pulikotil said...

Hello May,

This is a very interesting post.

God has given us this earthly life not to give up everything in this world,not to stop enjoying the worldly pleasures,not to prevent us from having a good time,not to give up the fun and frolic of life but to enjoy our life in the best possible way so that we can derive happiness, satisfaction,peace and joy in this worldly life.

At the same time God wants us to put HIM first and foremost in everything we do and live by HIS commandments. I agree Jesus said WHAT DOES IT PROFIT A MAN IF HE GAINS THE WHOLE WORLD BUT SUFFER THE LOSS OF HIS OWN SOUL.Yes, there is no point in gaining the whole world and lose one's soul to the devil.But gaining the whole world without losing one's soul is an absolutely acceptable thing to God.But whether we can gain the whole world without losing our soul is a different thing altogether and such a thing is not possible in real life.

But what God wants us,I believe is that, we should enjoy our life in this world and also in the next.This does not mean that we should give up all our worldly possessions, give up our earthly desires and not strive for better things in life..We can do everything in moderation,with control and temperance as long as we don't commit a sin. For instance, a person who loves to eat can eat in moderation,but not overeat because it leads to the sin of gluttony.If you really look at it,eating in moderation helps the body to be healthy and strong but overeating leads to sickness.

Everything in moderation without hurting others or oneself should be our watch word,guiding star and God will certainly approve our actions

Best wishes May,
Joseph

Yen said...

If you are of the world, then you not of God, this is the word that reminds me in this post. Thank you for posting this:-) God bless

Chin chin said...

Really, the first thing that we must overcome is our flesh. It is what will drive us away from God if we just let it. Also, the reason why man tends to love the world or be tempted by the things of this world is because he loves himself. So, we really have to deal first with self in order to follow God.

Deborah Ann said...

This is a message that is badly needed in the world today. We crave and lust for things that in the end will only separate us from God...

Nezzy said...

What an inspirational post sweetie. When we given in to the world we truly do give into the flesh and we lose. We need to look to God and desire Him and He will guide us.

God bless and have the most awesome day!!! :o)

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