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1 John 2:15-17

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,  because all that is in the world (the desire of the flesh and the desire of the eyes and the arrogance produced by material possessions) is not from the Father, but is from the world.  And the world is passing away with all its desires, but the person who does the will of God remains forever.


While this verse instructs us to not love the world, John 3:16 says that God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son. Know this, God's redemptive plan to save us does not include saving the lust or pride of this earth that came with the fall of man. Ever since that day when Adam and Eve fell, man has been enslaved to those kind of sins. God loves us and orchestrated salvation through His Son in order to deliver us from that sinful nature that was birthed in us. Because of Jesus, we are able to believe by grace through faith in Him and be led by the Holy Spirit.

Revelation 21:4-5

He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death will not exist any more—or mourning, or crying, or pain, for the former things have ceased to exist.”  And the one seated on the throne said: “Look! I am making all things new!” Then he said to me, “Write it down, because these words are reliable and true.”


We are new creations in Christ Jesus. Being born again into life in Christ means that we become new wine skins that can receive the new wine that brings courage to live for Him! It's not just the earth and heavens that pass away one day, it is also pain and suffering. Our experience as residents of God's Holy City, the New Jerusalem, will be completely different than our experience on earth. 1 Corinthians 13:12 says, "For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known." (NIV)

James 5:19-20

My brothers and sisters, if anyone among you wanders from the truth and someone turns him back,  he should know that the one who turns a sinner back from his wandering path will save that person’s soul from death and will cover a multitude of sins.


God did not give up on us, and in Christ Jesus continues His offer of mercy to all people. Our God who loves us is showing that He loves us through His Son. Perhaps it is your co-worker, good friend, child, or spouse who finds themselves "wandering from the truth". As their brother or sister in Christ, extend to them the same loving mercy and desire for fellowship that God extended to you through Jesus. Your decision to not give up on them could be the anchor that God uses to bring them back to His flock. Be the shepherd that is willing to go after the one stray sheep.

Matthew 26:38-41

Then he said to them, “My soul is deeply grieved, even to the point of death. Remain here and stay awake with me.”  Going a little farther, he threw himself down with his face to the ground and prayed, “My Father, if possible, let this cup pass from me! Yet not what I will, but what you will.”  Then he came to the disciples and found them sleeping. He said to Peter, “So, couldn’t you stay awake with me for one hour?  Stay awake and pray that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.”


Jesus' response to feeling great sorrow is to spend time with His Father in prayer. Lord God, let our response be the same! Next, Jesus authentically shares with His Father a request, but the request is from One who is perfectly surrendered to the Will of His Father. Jesus is not seeking to evade God's Will, He is being vulnerable to His Father who loves Him unconditionally and is leading Him into something incredibly difficult. Both Jesus and His disciples are experiencing weakness of the flesh at the same time, and Jesus continues to be victorious over sin at every turn.

Psalm 130:5-6

I rely on the Lord, I rely on him with my whole being; I wait for his assuring word. I yearn for the Lord, more than watchmen do for the morning, yes, more than watchmen do for the morning.


God should be more than our backup plan. He is interested in us trusting in His plans and Him being the only one we need. Even as we wait on the Lord, we are to do so earnestly and with great anticipation of what He will bring to our situation. This kind of living is slowly passing away, and it will be to our peril. Life presents us with challenges and difficulties at a terribly alarming rate, and sometimes it feels like if we do nothing, then we are failing to to what we should do. We treat God as if He needs to catch up, rather than following Him to where He leads us.