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Loving The World

1 JOHN 2:15-16.

15. DO NOT LOVE THE WORLD NOR THAT WHICH IS IN THE WORLD. IF ANYONE LOVES THE WORLD, THE LOVE OF THE FATHER IS NOT IN HIM. BECAUSE ALL THAT IS IN THE WORLD - THE LOVE OF THE FLESH, THE LUST OF THE EYES, AND THE PRIDE OF LIFE - IS NOT OF THE FATHER BUT IS OF THE WORLD. OBVIOUSLY THE WAYS OF THIS WORLD ARE DANGEROUSLY LUSTFUL, AND CLING LIKE PAINT. THE APPLICATION OF THE BLOOD OF YAHUSHA AND BEHAVING THE WORD, WILL EAT AWAY AND DISSOLVE THE LUSTS OF BONDAGE, FROM THIS WORLD. OUR INSTRUCTION HERE FOR OUR OWN BENEFIT, IS "DO NOT LOVE THE WORLD NOR THAT WHICH IS IN THE WORLD.


Our consideration here is how far do we take this instruction ?

A brief study on the word "LOVE" in the Hebrew, gives us plenty of understanding of what to avoid. Result of search for "love": 157 'ahab aw-hab' or raheb {aw-habe'}; a primitive root; to have affection for (sexually or otherwise):--(be-)love(-d, -ly, -r), like, friend. 158 'ahab ah'-hab from 157; affection (in a good or a bad sense):--love(-r). 1717 dad dad apparently from the same as 1730; the breast (as the seat of love, or from its shape):--breast, teat. 1730 dowd dode or (shortened) dod {dode}; from an unused root meaning properly, to boil, i.e. (figuratively) to love; by implication, a love- token, lover, friend; specifically an uncle:--(well-)beloved, father's brother, love, uncle. 2245 chabab khaw-bab' a primitive root (Compare 2244, 2247); properly, to hide (as in the bosom), i.e. to cherish (with affection):--love. 2836 chashaq khaw-shak' a primitive root; to cling, i.e. join, (figuratively) to love, delight in; elliptically (or by interchangeable for 2820) to deliver:--have a delight, (have a ) desire, fillet, long, set (in) love. 3648 kamar kaw-mar' a primitive root; properly, to intertwine or contract, i.e. (by implication) to shrivel (as with heat); figuratively, to be deeply affected with passion (love or pity):--be black, be kindled, yearn. 3823 labab law-bab' a primitive root; properly, to be enclosed (as if with fat); by implication (as denominative from 3824) to unheart, i.e. (in a good sense) transport (with love), or (in a bad sense) stultify; also (as denominative from 3834) to make cakes:--make cakes, ravish, be wise. 5689 `agab aw-gab' a primitive root; to breathe after, i.e. to love (sensually):--dote, lover. 5690 `egeb eh'-gheb from 5689; love (concretely), i.e. amative words:--much love, very lovely. 5691 `agabah ag-aw-baw' from 5689; love (abstractly), i.e. amorousness:--inordinate love. 6253 `Ashtoreth ash-to'reth probably for 6251; Ashtoreth, the Phoenician goddess of love (and increase):--Ashtoreth. 7194 qashar kaw-shar' a primitive root: to tie, physically (gird, confine, compact) or mentally (in love, league):--bind (up), (make a) conspire(-acy, -ator), join together, knit, stronger, work (treason). 7355 racham raw-kham' a primitive root; to fondle; by implication, to love, especially to compassionate:--have compassion (on, upon), love, (find, have, obtain, shew) mercy(-iful, on, upon), (have) pity, Ruhamah, X surely. 7356 racham rakh'-am from 7355; compassion (in the plural); by extension, the womb (as cherishing the fetus); by implication, a maiden:-- bowels, compassion, damsel, tender love, (great, tender) mercy, pity, womb. 7474 ra`yah rah-yaw' feminine of 7453; a female associate:--fellow, love.


WE CAN SEE FROM THIS DESCRIPTION OF LOVE HOW VERY DANGEROUS IT IS TO HAVE "INORDINATE PASSIONS" FOR THE THINGS OF THIS WORLD. WE CAN BE SWALLOWED UP IN ALL SORTS OF LUSTS LOOSING OUR SANESS.


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