We have a God that loves us jealously, so He does not accept sharing our hearts with things of this world. This week we’ll turn to 1 John for a heart check: what do you love?
Our Verse of the Week
Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in them.1 John 2:15
The verse following this one helps us define exactly what John is talking about here: “For everything in the world–the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life–comes not from the Father but from the world.”
1. Lust of the flesh: Is this just sexual lust? Or could it include anything our bodies long for that isn’t Godly: overeating, eating to soothe, starvation, slovenliness, over-exercising, etc.
2. Lust of the eyes: I read this as jealousy; what about you? I see it as anything our eyes see and then want–another’s: life, purpose, family, looks, money, fame, etc.
3. Pride of Life: Pride stands in opposition to humility. What is it that we feel we’ve earned or deserve? When do we put ourselves first and feel we are owed something? What have we created with our own hands and not given God the glory for?
If I want to love God with all my heart and soul, then there isn’t room for these worldly loves. Jesus gave us our perfect example to follow, and his teachings lead us in the opposite direction of these worldly things.
It’s never easy to do a heart-check, but we can be hopeful and thankful that we have a merciful God who loves us completely. We can look at hard truths about ourselves, and with His love and tenderness, receive the power to overcome and be forgiven.
Below is a look at my dialogue with the Holy Spirit while meditating on this passage. I meditate on the same verse every day for at least a week, and this is just a model to get you started. Meditating on scripture is a very personal journey and relationship with God, but you may find my Meditation Guide helpful. Subscribe now to my Newsletter and get immediate access to a Free Printable Library that includes meditation guidelines, a Meditation Journal Page, Scripture Writing pages, and bookmarks for this verse.
Do not love the world: Father, how am I loving the world? How am I more connected to this world than to your Kingdom? Spirit, search me; help me see my weaknesses and how I need to change.
or anything in the world: What things am I loving? What keeps my mind occupied and away from you and your ways? Lord, show me what my distractions are and how to avoid them.
If anyone loves the world: I know that I love the world too much sometimes. Father, help me break my hold and not be one of these people. I want to be counted as a lover of Christ!
love for the Father is not in them: God, my human heart has only so much room; it seems to have a limited capacity. Help me see that it is filled with love for you. Warn me, teach me, stop me when worldly loves start creeping in.
Suggested Breath Prayers
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Do not love the world
Love the Father
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