The Love that God Hates

Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man lovethe world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life,is not of the Father,but is of the world. And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever. - 1 John 2:15-17

Along life’s path, the apostle Paul came across many preachers of the Word, authors of Scripture, church planters, faithful servants, men of prayer, and men who suffered for the gospel. However, along his journey, there is perhaps no greater failure that crossed paths with the apostle than the man, Demas.

“For Demas hath forsaken me, having loved this present world, and is departed unto Thessalonica” - 2 Timothy 4:10.

Demas was a man who labored with Paul for a time but soon became enticed with worldly allures and forsook the ministry. 

Scripture records that he departed and went to the cosmopolitan city of Thessalonica. Geographically, Thessalonica was located on the main east-west trade route of Asia Minor and offered all the materialistic, immoral, and philosophical allurements of the world in which he loved. Demas was unwilling to pay the price of following Jesus. While Paul anticipated martyrdom, Demas decided materials. 

James speaks to the reality of spiritual harlotry in James 4:4 where he writes to the “twelve tribes that are scattered abroad:”

“Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever thereforewill be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.”- James 4:4.

The believer that expresses a continual love and pursuit of worldly possessions declares his lack of true faith in Jesus. When Demas decided to pursue the world, he proved that he was never truly a lover of God. He determined that Jesus was not enough and evidenced the truth that John would pen in 1 John 2:15-17.

Scripture encourages us to consider someone far greater than anything this world can provide. His name: Jesus. As a believer, you are identified with Jesus. You have been delivered out of the domain of darkness and placed into the Kingdom of Christ (Colossians 1:13). You are of God, and have overcome the evil one because of the indwelling Holy Spirit is greater than he who controls the world. (1 John 4:4)

“But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life.” Romans 6:22

Christ-follower, you cannot love God and love the world at the same time. Ultimately, love knows no rivals.
 
- Do you struggle with loving the love that God hates? 
- Do you desire and crave what this world offers?
- Do things in this world system have more value than Jesus Christ?

Surrender your heart to the Word and hate the love that God hates.

- Bro. Jordan

Paul Norton

Faith Baptist Church, 4215 Indian Ripple Road, Beavercreek, OH, 45440