“Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in them. 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 John 2:15-16)
There are different meanings of love in the Bible. In the New Testament, the Greek words used most often are agape and phileo. Agape means the deepest kind of love, while phileo means brotherhood type of love. The city of brotherly love, Philadelphia, is named for this. So what does that mean in connection to the verse above?
If we have agape love for the things of the world, we cannot have agape love for God. It is either one or the other. If we lust after something, our focus is on that thing we lust after. Lust is not love. Lust tries to fulfill our physical and emotional wants. These can change like the direction of the wind. Love and lust for the things of the world come from the world; they are not from God.
So what kind of love does God give us? It’s a true love in the full form of agape. God loves us with the deepest kind of love possible. What would God do for us? He had done everything for us through Jesus. He gave the ultimate sacrifice because of his agape love for us. Receive it freely knowing that you are a beloved child of God.
Prayer: Lord, forgive me when I lust after things of the world. You have given me everything in Jesus, and I thank you from my heart. You are my all in all. Amen
Faith tip: Whenever you find yourself lusting after something, imagine the cross standing between you and the object of lust. Transform your pattern of thinking with the help of Jesus.