September 6th, 2018

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Standing Between Two Worlds

Do you feel caught between two forces – on the one hand a love for the things of this world, and on the other apathy from all that is going on? I personally can relate!

1 John 2:15 tells us that the ‘love of the world’ is sin and it cuts us off from the Father’s love: “Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him”. As the children of God, we are from above and the materialistic cravings and desires of this world are not for us.

What is Love?

Yet at the same time, the Father loves this world with a costly and sacrificial love, so great that He gave His Son to redeem it: “For God so loved the world that He gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life” – John 3:16. We see that He does not look down from heaven coldly, critically or remotely, which is how we as human beings can be tempted to view things, but lovingly involves Himself.

What is the World?

In both verses, the Greek word for ‘world’ comes from the same Greek root – ‘cosmos.’ So how can we not love the world and yet embrace it?

In John 17:15 Yeshua prayed, My prayer is not that You take them out of the world, but that You protect them from the evil one.” It is only by the Holy Spirit that we can be in the world but not of it. We are to resist the pull of worldly influences, and at the same time embrace the people of the world with God’s grace and truth, like Yeshua modelled! The battle is won in the place of prayer. This is how He prayed for us in John 17 and we are to do the same.

Only if we stand at this balance point, can we love the sinner and yet hate their sin. Only by God’s grace can we find motivation to enter into the lostness of people’s broken lives. Prostitutes, terrorists or even those from different ethnic backgrounds, can all experience the unconditional love of the Father through us.

Lord give us the grace to identify with and love those who are in a different place than we are.

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By |2018-10-11T07:57:45+00:00September 6th, 2018|Tags: , , |2 Comments


  1. Jule martin September 7, 2018 at 1:19 pm

    Beautifully written.

  2. Nettie Ratcliffe September 18, 2018 at 6:00 pm

    Yes, beautiful, thank you and so true. The struggle between loving things of world and the Father. Only one thing, that troubles me. Though I know it is not meant or intentional to offend, but it is of concern. “Prostitutes”, and “terrorists” is followed by “or even those from different ethic backgrounds”… How does being of different ethic backgrounds become a questionable place for not experiencing the love of the Father? As written, it appears to be placed in the same sinful category as terrorism and prostitution, which both bring much pain and potentially destructive harm to many. Please don’t be discouraged, I just think it’s important that we remain sensitive and aware. Thanks for listening.

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