Posted by: trbccoffeebreak | March 4, 2014

It’s Critical That We Stop Loving

MP900443687[1]“Do not love the world or anything in the world If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not of them. For everything in the world – the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life – comes not from the Father but from the world. The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever.” 1 John 2:15-17 (NIV)

 This time of year, most people are focused on love. You know, with Valentine’s Day in February and weddings in the Spring.  I know the song goes “What the world needs now is love, sweet love…It’s the only thing that there’s just too little of”, and I know we need more love (I mean, we really, really, really do).

 But, here’s the thing: We know the will of the Father includes love (as in the greatest commandment of loving God and the second greatest commandment of loving others from Matthew 22). But, I am afraid we have shoved aside this kind of love for love of the world. We care less about doing what God expects of us and more about what we can get. After all, how many of us look to our houses, closets, bank accounts, jewelry boxes, driveways, and careers to let us know that we are successful. And we haven’t even gotten to the issues surrounding pride, envy, substance abuse, sex, and the list goes on.

 In order to really love, we have to stop loving the world and the desires of the flesh, and replace that with a Godly love. An agape love for God and others. This love matters. This love has eternal consequences. The other junk? Well, as the old saying goes, I’ve never seen a U-Haul behind a hearse.

 “Dear Lord, I don’t want to love the world or the things of the world. I want to love you and others. Help me, Jesus.”


For His Glory

 Laurel Shaler (www.drlaurelshaler.com)
TRBC Coffee Break

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