I John 2
15Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16For everything in the world – the cravings of sinful man, the lust of his eyes and boasting of what what he has and does – comes not from the Father but from the world. 17The world and its desires pass away, but the man who does the will of God lives forever.
When John talks about loving the world, he isn't talking about loving the people in the world, he's talking about loving the things of this world ( loving money, a gamecube, the Internet, etc. ). Why shouldn't we love these things? Quite simply, it is because of what they bring ( whether you want it or not ). Worldly things bring cravings, lust, and boasting with them.
Cravings should be fairly straightforward, the 'needing' of things that you really do not need. How many people do you know that own only one pair of shoes? Do we need more than one pair of shoes? Not really, it is just a luxury that we take. There are better ways to spend our money than by spending it all on shoes.
Lust is a lot like cravings. I used to think that lust only applied to sexual things, but that is not entirely true. A dictionary definition: lust- An overwhelming desire – to have passionate or inordinate desire. Take the account of David and Bathsheba.
II Samuel 11
2One evening David got up from his bed and walked around on the roof of the palace. From the roof he saw a woman bathing.
Has David sinned so far? Absolutely not.
The woman was very beautiful,
Now, I'd have to say David is sinning. He is lusting after what is not his to have.
3And David sent someone to find out about her. The man said, “Isn't this Bathsheba, the daughter of Eliam and the wife of Uriah the Hittite?” 4Then David sent messengers to get her. She came to him, and he slept with her.
I just want to interject here that Bathsheba appears to be a willing participant in this, so she is sinning as well.
( She had purified herself from her uncleanness. ) Then she went back home. 5The woman conceived and sent word to David, saying, “I am pregnant.”
Obviously, David is in trouble, and he winds up killing Uriah. Did you notice the flow of what happened? David listened to temptations, looked at what he could take, lusted after her, layed hold of it, and lost ( sinned ).
The same is similar in the Genesis account. They listened to temptations ( from the serpent ), they looked at the fruit, they lusted after it, they layed hold of it ( ate it ), and they lost.
Boasting should also be straightforward. In example, it is having pride or bragging over status, power, money, IQ, skill, etc.
And I leave you ( 'till part two, that is ) with the words of my pastor, “There is much within me that wants to respond to sin, there is much outside me to tempt me to sin, and the world addresses me through my sinful nature.” Keep in mind, however, that it is not a sin to be tempted, only to give into temptation.
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