“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. For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride of life – is not from the Father but is from the world. And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever.”
*My thoughts: This one can be tricky based on how we define “the world” and “the things in the world.” However, the third sentence seems to break down what is meant by “the world” – the desires of the flesh, desires of the eyes and pride of life that is not from God. Different bible translations state these three things in different ways which may help to understand exactly what is means. The Message says “wanting your own way, wanting everything for yourself, wanting to appear important.” The Amplified Bible says “the lust of the flesh [craving for sensual gratification] and the lust of the eyes [greedy longings of the mind] and the pride of life [assurance in one’s own resources or in the stability of earthly things].” The New Living Translation says “For the world offers only a craving for physical pleasure, a craving for everything we see, and pride in our achievements and possessions.” Basically things that are selfish and are putting the focus on ourselves rather than on other people or God. If the love of God is in you then there shouldn’t be room for all the selfish desires of the world. The world is passing away anyways – but eternity with God will last forever.