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14 February 2020

15

There are things we are commanded to despise. To Hate. To have nothing to do with. We have a shorthand for such things: we call them the world. Anything that is of the world we should not love. We should be prepared to just let it go, leave it.

Our possessions, our jobs, our status: these things the world can take away from us. Indeed, the world can hate those of Christ. But the command we have is to walk without deception, in the light of God, and to love each other.

Those who love the world will twist this as surely as the Celebration of Valentinus, an ancient saint, is now warped into a duty to give flowers to your inamorata.

1 John 2:7-17
7 Dear friends, I am not writing you a new command but an old one, which you have had since the beginning. This old command is the message you have heard. 8 Yet I am writing you a new command; its truth is seen in him and in you, because the darkness is passing and the true light is already shining.

9 Anyone who claims to be in the light but hates a brother or sister is still in the darkness. 10 Anyone who loves their brother and sister lives in the light, and there is nothing in them to make them stumble. 11 But anyone who hates a brother or sister is in the darkness and walks around in the darkness. They do not know where they are going, because the darkness has blinded them.

12 I am writing to you, dear children,
because your sins have been 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 men,
because you have overcome the evil one.

14 I write to you, dear 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 men,
because you are strong,
and the word of God lives in you,
and you have overcome the evil one.
On Not Loving the World

15 Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father[c] is not in them. 16 For everything in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—comes not from the Father but from the world. 17 The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever.

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