Love God, Hate Sin

“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”

1 John 2:15

Ponder This

It stands to reason: if you love health, you're going to hate germs. If you love flowers, you’ll hate weeds. If you love cleanliness, you’ll hate dirt. If you love God, you will hate sin.

And so the Bible says, “Do not love the world or the things in the world.” What is worldliness? And why should a Christian not love this world?

Three reasons:

1. Because of the character of the world—what it is.

2. Because of the corruption of the world—what it does.

3. Because of the condemnation of the world—where it’s headed.

Practice This

If we’re not to “love” this world, what then, are we to love? Jesus tells us. “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself’” (Matthew 22:37-39).

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