15 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. 16 For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride of life—is not from the Father but is from the world. 17 And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever.
There is a harshness, a brutality to verse 15. There is a totality and completeness to it.
If love for the world remains, love for you does not.
Yes, it is brutal. It is hard. But don’t we need brutal? Don’t we need hard in the middle of our war against the adversary? A statement like this creates a shock affect likened to a bucket of ice water poured over ones head. And in the middle of our war, sometimes this is what it takes to waken us up to the reality of our plight.
Oh Abba, that we might welcome and embrace the shock, the brutality, the harshness of this truth so that we may walk in truth, dwell in righteousness and forsake all but you and you alone. Protect us Father from ourselves and from the deceptive nature of sin. May we love that which comes from you and not from this world.
We love You Abba,