Do not love the world nor 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 lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life, is not from the Father, but is from the world. The world is passing away, and also its lusts; but the one who does the will of God lives forever. (1 John 2:15-17)

The Love that GOD Hates
Love for the world is a love that GOD hates. Breakup with the world is something that we all need. This world is characterized by three things:
    1) the lust of the flesh,
    2) the lust of the eyes, and;
    3) the boastful pride of life.
The first two lusts pertain to our cravings for what WE DON'T HAVE, lusts that are either (1) our body craves to feel and experience or (2) our eyes crave to wallow into. And the third one pertains to our bragging of what WE HAVE.

Reasons for Us to Hate this Love
  1. Because loving the world means loving NOT the Father. Our heart's channel is too narrow that it can only have a single love to give. It is either loving GOD or not loving Him. Anything that is not GOD is a potential rival of GOD.
  2. Because loving the world is a sure lost. We don't want to risk our lives on a security which is surely breachable. We don't want to establish a business that is surely bankrupt. We don't want a politician who is surely corrupted. Well, the world is passing away. It is surely temporary.
  3. Because loving the world prevents obedience. Loving this world is contrasted by doing the will of GOD. This implies that the root of our every disobedience is our lust for what we don't have and our pride for what we have.
When We Don't Have
Whom have I in heaven but You?
And besides You, I desire nothing on earth. (Psalm 73:25)

When We Have
For who regards you as superior? What do you have that you did not receive? And if you did receive it, why do you boast as if you had not received it? (1 Cor. 4:7)

"He loves thee too little who loves anything together with thee which he loves not for thy sake."
- Saint Augustine -

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