There are many kinds of love that exist. Brotherly love, couple love, familial love, and then there is the love of God.
However there is a type of love that God does not want us to have, which is to love the world and its wordly things. This is seen in 1 John 2:15 – 17:
Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride of life—is not from the Father but is from the world. And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever.
1 John 2:15-17 ESV
The word world sometimes stand for God’s creation but at other times, it refers to that which is in opposition of God (Satan is called the prince/ruler of the world). It is the latter meaning in which is being referred here, stating that if we love the world, we cannot love the Father. We cannot serve 2 masters, having one foot on earth and another foot in heaven and expect to receive our heavenly reward.
There are 3 ways in which this world can entice us and lead us away from casting our eyes on the things of eternal.
1. Desires of the flesh:
While our bodies are not sinful, our corrupt nature (afflicted by sin) can take hold of us and we crave for certain things, such as sex, food, alcohol. Everyday we are tempted by our desires, especially those who have tasted it, crave for it stronger and more.
2. Desires of the eyes:
Surrounded by advertising and various strategies of marketing, our eyes are dazzled by the things of the world. We need to avoid the trap of: I can see it, I like it, thus I covet it and want it for myself. This can be worldly things like the newest pair of shoes, the latest and fastest cars, or it could be looking at someone else and thinking sinful thoughts, a reminder to the Sermon on the Mount that if we desire (lust) with our eyes, we have already committed adultery in our hearts.
3. Pride of life:
We can look at our possessions, our titles, our achievements and believe that it is all down to us, this thinking makes us conceited, makes us feel that we are our own God, that we control our circumstances but in actual reality, everything we have, is a gift from God.
In closing, sin is in actual fact, the breaking of the first commandment. Sin is elevating a desire above it’s intended good purpose, and distorting it and it becoming a downward spiral into debauchery. It is my prayer that everyone not look at worldly things but look towards the things of eternity as the things of the world do not satisfy, but leaves one craving for more and feeling even emptier after attaining it.
How to accomplish this? Through a sincere and humbling admittance that one’s self is unable to overcome the world alone. But there is hope! The world has indeed been overcome, by our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ who in doing so, gave His sinless life up for us, bore our sins upon Himself and shed His blood, all so that we can be reconciled with Him, so that we are seen as justified and right in His eyes, that we may have a true relationship the Lord our God. May the Holy Spirit guide and disciple us in our walk with God, may the Holy Spirit remind us daily to turn away from our sins, to lead us into the light and remind us of our hope is in Christ!