Love Not the World
by Dr. Gregory C. Magruder | January 14, 2018
Gregory Magruder Parkview Baptist Gainesville, FL 01/14/18
“Love Not the World”
INTRODUCTION: The traditional enemies of the Christian life are the world, the flesh, and the devil. Each foe tries to disrupt our spiritual lives and keep us from following Jesus. John wrote, “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.” (1 John 2:15 ESV). John seems to indicate that “worldliness” is an attitude of mind and a focus on things.
A focus on the world damages our love relationship with God. James writes, “anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God” (James 4:4). James says that this worldly frame of mind creates conflict and division. John divides worldliness into three categories and James provides examples of each. What are the characteristics of worldliness that we can avoid and what is the remedy for restoring our relationship with God?
John writes: “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 2:16).
WORLDLINESS CRAVES PHYSICAL PLEASURES.
*Worldliness is marked by quarrels and conflicts. “What causes fights and quarrels among you? Don’t they come from your desires that battle within you?” (James 4:1).
- Its source is a desire for pleasures in the flesh.
- It results in internal war and strife.
WORLDLINESS DESIRES EVERYTHING IT SEES.
*Worldliness is consumed by lust (covetousness) and envy. “You desire but do not have, so you kill. You covet but you cannot get what you want, so you quarrel and fight” (James 4:2).
- It is a desire for what you do not have.
- It results in murder.
- It is a desire for what you cannot obtain.
- It results in fights and quarrels.
WORLDLINESS BOASTS IN PERSONAL ACHIEVEMENTS.
*Worldliness is self-dependent and self-centered. “You do not have because you do not ask God. When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures” (James 4:2-3).
- Worldly people do not pray and ask God for help.
- When they do pray, it is for wrong sinful motives.
- God does not answer their requests.
*Worldliness indulges in spiritual and physical adultery. “You adulterous people, don’t you know that friendship with the world means enmity against God? Therefore, anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God” (James 4:4).
- Worldly people make friends with the world system.
- Friendship with the world creates hostility toward God.
- Principle: Anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God.
GOD HAS A REMEDY FOR WORLDLINESS.
*Principle: God desires a relationship with us. “Or do you think Scripture says without reason that he jealously longs for the spirit he has caused to dwell in us?” (James 4:5).
*God gives us the grace to follow him and reject worldliness. “But he gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says: ‘God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble’” (James 4:6).
- God’s grace is greater than our sin.
- We must humbly receive God’s grace and turn from our love of the world.