Saturday, March 11, 2023

Daily Devotion: Some Thoughts on Worldliness

Bible Reading: I John 2:15-21 

Key Verse: Verse 15 - Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.

Key Words: Love not the world

Dave Rogers, in his article The Strength of a Man, says:

The Bible defines worldliness by centering morality where we intuitively know it should be. Worldliness is the lust of the flesh (a passion for sensual satisfaction), the lust of the eyes (an inordinate desire for the finer things of life), and the pride of life (self-satisfaction in who we are, what we have, and what we have done). Worldliness, then, is a preoccupation with ease and affluence. It elevates creature comforts to the point of idolatry; large salaries and comfortable life-styles become necessities of life.

Worldliness is reading magazines about people who live hedonistic lives and spend too much money on themselves and wanting to be like them. But more importantly, worldliness is simply pride and selfishness in disguises. It is being resentful when someone snubs us or patronizes us or shows off. It means smarting under every slight, challenging every word spoken against us, cringing when another is preferred before us. Worldliness is harboring grudges, nursing grievances, and wallowing in self-pity. These are the ways in which we are most like the world.

Love of the world is sin, and Charles Spurgeon says the following regarding sin: “If I had a brother who had been murdered, what would you think of me if I daily consorted with the assassin who drove the dagger into my brother’s heart; surely I too must be an accomplice in the crime. Sin murdered Christ. Will you be a friend to it? Sin pierced the heart of the Incarnate God; can you love it?”

I John 5:4,5 says: For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith. Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?

What to do:
✞ Daily, even moment by moment, ask God to reveal worldliness to you and give you victory over it.

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