- 1 John 2:15
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
In this materialistic and money-oriented world, Satan’s temptation is everywhere, such as money, fame and fortune, eating, drinking, and having fun, and fleshly lust. These things are constantly devouring people’s hearts. People cannot help being tempted and easily follow evil worldly trends. Thus, they are devoured by Satan and belong to the evil one. Just as God says, “But to people, it seems like a world of gaiety and splendor, one that is becoming more and more so. When people look upon the world, their hearts are drawn to it, and many are unable to extricate themselves from it; great numbers will be beguiled by those who engage in trickery and sorcery. If you do not strive for progress, and are without ideals, you will be swept away by this sinful wave.”
As Christians, if our hearts are attracted and occupied by worldly things, we will not have a place for God in our heart, much less will we have a God-loving heart. Therefore, thetaught us that we should love God with all our heart and all our mind, have God in our heart instead of worldly things. Then what should we do to avoid being tempted by evil worldly trends? God says, “Do not come into contact with things that can draw your heart away to the outside, and do not come into contact with people who can draw your heart away from God. Drop whatever it is that can distract your heart from being close to God, or stay away from it. That way is more beneficial to your life.”
From, we can see that we should always be vigilant, never come into contact with people, matters and things that can draw our heart away from God, thus keeping our heart be quiet before God and having a normal relationship with Him. This is God’s demand of us and is also for the purpose of protecting us in this dark and evil world, so that we won’t suffer loss in our life.
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