devotion 5-6-14, 1 John 2:13-17

Good Morning!

1 John 2:12-17

12 I am writing to you, little children,
because your sins are forgiven on account of his name.
13 I am writing to you, fathers,
because you know him who is from the beginning.
I am writing to you, young people,
because you have conquered the evil one.
14 I write to you, children,
because you know the Father.
I write to you, fathers,
because you know him who is from the beginning.
I write to you, young people,
because you are strong
and the word of God abides in you,
and you have overcome the evil one.

15 Do not love the world or the things in the world. The love of the Father is not in those who love the world; 16for all that is in the world—the desire of the flesh, the desire of the eyes, the pride in riches—comes not from the Father but from the world. 17And the world and its desire* are passing away, but those who do the will of God live for ever.

The author adds a poem of two stanzas – couplets addressed to people of various levels of spiritual maturity – “little children” then does not necessarily mean “children” of a certain age range, but those who are new to the faith, who are “children” in faith – even though they are new, their sins are forgiven in his name – And, they know the Father. Fathers, those who are mature in faith, know him who is from the beginning, and this phrase is repeated when Fathers are addressed in the second stanza. “Young people” or, if you are reading the NIV, this is translated, “Young men”, are addressed as those who are strong, but still growing toward maturity in faith – they have nevertheless conquered the evil one, and are strong, with the word of God abiding in them. Whatever our level of spiritual maturity, our place along the road towards perfection (being filled completely with the love of God), we can see ourselves in this address – this poem.

The author then adds, “Do not love the world” – He is not speaking of the physical world, of the wonders of God’s creation, but the world of evil – the world of earthly desires and pride. Every evening when we turn on our TV’s, we see stories about those who have succumbed to that world – in the search for power, notoriety, wealth, drugs, and selfish desire, they have killed or harmed their fellow human beings, and in most stories get their comeuppance at the end. These things are temporary, even when we achieve such things as wealth or power without evil means, they can make us want more and more, and thus be dangerous to our spiritual well-being. But, living in the love of God, doing his will, that is the only thing in life that is forever.

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