Not Loving the Things of the World

Do not love either the world or the things in the world.
If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him; because everything in the world the desire of the flesh and the desire of the eyes and the showy display of one’s means of life does not originate with the Father, but originates with the world.  
Furthermore, the world is passing away and so is its desire, but the one who does the will of God remains forever.
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Thinking ability can help us to face another subtle pressure. When the wind drives the waves toward the beam, or the side, of the ship, it is known as a beam sea. In normal conditions, such a sea may slowly push the vessel off course. During a storm, however, a beam sea can cause the boat to capsize.

Similarly, if we succumb to the pressure to enjoy all that the wicked world has to offer, this materialistic life-style can push us off course spiritually.  Left unchecked, the love of the world could eventually cause us to abandon our Christian course altogether. How can thinking ability come to our aid?

First, it will help us gauge just what dangers we are up against. The world uses every marketing ploy imaginable to entice us. It incessantly promotes a whole package that supposedly everyone should pursue—the showy life-style of the rich, the glamorous, and the “successful.”  We are promised the admiration and approval of everyone, especially of our peers and neighbors. Thinking ability will help to counteract this propaganda, reminding us of the importance of ‘keeping free from the love of money,’ since Jehovah has promised that ‘he will by no means leave us.’

Second, thinking ability will prevent us from following those who have “deviated from the truth.”  It is so difficult to contradict those we have liked and trusted.  Even if we are influenced only minimally by those who have abandoned the Christian course, it could hinder our spiritual progress and eventually put us in danger. We could be like a ship that steers just one degree from its proper course. Over a long journey, it could miss its destination by a huge distance.

Thinking ability can help us to determine where we are in a spiritual sense and where we are going. Perhaps we recognize the need to have a fuller share in Christian activities.

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~ by DJ Camstar on 24/06/2015.

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