According to 1 John 2:15, what happens if I love the world? The love of the Father is not in me! One man was proud to announce that he loved the world and things of the world, and another immediately finished quoting the scripture to him saying, “Then the love of the Father is not in you.” The first man declared “That scripture does not mean that!”
If God does not say what he means, how can you know what He means? 1 John 2:16 tells why we should not love the world. He names the things of the world. “For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.” He names the things of the world. Desires of flesh and eyes are not of the Father. This includes words that march, dance and sing as they become Beowulf, Chaucer, Shakespeare, Milton or Frost! Do you know anyone who does not love at least some of the things around them?
- And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins; 2 Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: 3 Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others (Eph. 2:1-3).
Foods may taste good, but we should not love them. What should be our motivation when we eat? We need to eat for strength and not for drunkenness (Ecc. 10:17). “Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others” (Eph. 2:3). How does Satan appeal? He appeals to us through the desires (lust is the same Greek word) of the flesh and mind. What do the nations of the world do? They love and enjoy this world—this cosmos or universe. What are they according to the last part of this verse? They are children of wrath.