Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.
– 1 John 2:15
Thoughts on Today’s Verse…
After reading this verse, we can understand that the Lord commands us to worship Him with a pure heart, and we can’t love the world while loving Him. Maybe some people don’t understand why we can’t have it both ways.
The pleasures of the world can only bring us momentary enjoyment, but not the life. They are useless. It is recorded in the: “I have seen all the works that are done under the sun; and, behold, all is vanity and vexation of spirit” (Ecclesiastes 1:14). The king Solomon who was the most wise person had a lot of money and power, but what he had didn’t bring him comfort in his heart. Nowadays, many stars and famous people are influential, but they are not happy, and many of them even choose to end their lives. These facts force me to reconsider what we should pursue in life, and what is the most valuable thing. After reading this verse, I understood a little that only by pursuing the love for God can we get our hearts free, because only God is the source of the our life.
However, if we are longing for worldly money, status, and pleasures and so on, and when we have to make a choice between these things and pursuing the love for God, we will feel difficult to choose. Even if we choose to love God reluctantly, we don’t do it out of a true heart. I think of God’s word: “If I were to now place some riches in front of you and ask you to choose freely, knowing that[a] I would not condemn you, then most would choose the riches and forsake the truth. The better among you would give up the riches and reluctantly choose the truth, while those in between would seize the riches in one hand and the truth in the other. In this way, would your true colors not be self-evident? When choosing between the truth and anything to which you are loyal, you will all make such a decision, and your attitude will remain the same. Is that not so? Are there not many among you who fluctuated between right and wrong? In contests between positive and negative, black and white, you are surely aware of the choices that you made between family and God, children and God, peace and disruption, riches and poverty, status and commonness, being supported and being cast aside, and so on.” So God wants us to put everything aside to honor Him, and to put secular entanglements aside to pursue a meaningful life!
O God! My stature is too immature, and it’s very easy for me to be affected by the surroundings. In many cases, seeing others’ better enjoyment and higher position, I just can’t help yearning to pursue these things. But I know loving God with a pure heart and gaining the truth are the most meaningful. May God protect me so that I can choose the right path of life. Amen!
a. The original text omits “knowing that.”
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