Do not love the world or anything 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 lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, the pride of life—is not of the Father but is of the world and the world is passing away and the lust of it, but he who does the will of God abides forever. 1 John 2:15-17 (NKJV)
John the Apostle tells us some deep thoughts here.
He points out that all the divisive actions and thought we see and hear in this world are created by the world and not by God.
We see and hear of things every day that bring heartache and sadness to God’s people.
Our city recently heard of at least three shooting in less than a week. One of them was due to road rage and involved narcotics. I don’t believe God wants us to have these issues in our world. But certain segments of our society seems to want what it wants.
I have all but given up watching the TV news programs because certain elements of make claims that are not true or cause detriment to our people.
However, we must not forget that God is watching over all the events that cause Him pain. We serve a God who loves us and guides us through these fallen times.
In the Gospel of John, Jesus asks his disciples if they want to leave Him as several others have done. Simon Peter responds by saying, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. We believe and know you are the Holy One of God.” (John 6:68, NIV)
Yes, we who follow Jesus believe and know that we are to continue to walk with Him to live with Him forever.