Love One Another
In our sermon this week, Pastor Lewis exhorted us with John’s words to not love the world or the things of the world because “the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever” (1 John 2:17). One reason we are not to love the world is that it is transient; it is fading away. John says, if we do God’s will, we will not pass away with the world, but we will abide forever. Do you want to abide forever? Do you want to live for eternity? The present world system that stands opposed to our great Advocate, Jesus the Righteous, is fading and will soon vanish, but doers of God’s will shall abide into eternity. If doing the will of God is so determinative, don’t you want to know what his will is?
According to 1 John 2:7–11, the will of God is that we love one another, which reflects our love for God (1 John 4:20). The will of God, unlike the God-opposed world system, abides forever (note that John calls it an old commandment which is at the same time a new commandment [1 John 2:7–8]). The old but always new will of God is that we love each other—“Whoever loves his brother abides in the light” (1 John 2:10).
Do you want to abide forever? Joyfully do the will of God, loving your brothers and sisters. When we do God’s unchanging and never-passing-away will, we will not pass away with the world. So I exhort all of us, as a church family, let us not love the world because it is fading. Let us love one another, obeying the unfading command, so that we may never fade away with the world. If Jesus laid down his life for us, we ought to lay down our lives for each other.
Learning to love with you,