In our previous conversations through the first letter of John, we have certainly seen how significant the discussion of love is to the apostle John.  In fact, we have already been introduced to the topic in terms of God’s love for us through Christ and then our love for others as we walk/live in the Light.

Last week, February 4, we continued the conversation as John invited us to consider love as the world would offer.  Does this mean we are to show disdain for the created world around us or the people who occupy this world?  Certainly not (see ; ; and as examples of “world” being used to describe these elements.)!  So what does John mean?  “World” is also a word used to describe the system and attitudes present in the world and especially under the influence of the Satan, the Enemy.

The world is busy trying to justify its desires and behaviors in terms of love.  But it is evident that those attempts are opposed to God’s definition and expression of love.  John is very aware of those challenges.  In fact, he says if the world’s love is our pursuit then the love of or for the Father is not in us.  These sound like harsh words to describe the challenge before us but the results are real.  God does not operate according to the world’s standards and does not expect us to either.

This week John is going to tell us what characterizes the love of the world and why we should avoid it.  Will your love be defined by your relationship with the Father or with the world?  will remind us of the truth that is to shape us as we navigate these questions.  Join us for the conversation!  We look forward to growing together by God’s grace through His son Jesus, the Messiah!

16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. (ESV)

24 The God who made the world and everything in it, being Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in temples made by man, (ESV)

10 He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world did not know him. (ESV)

12 But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, 13 who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.

14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. (ESV)