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Title: The Love God Hates


Text: 12I write unto you, little children, because your sins are forgiven you for his name's sake. 13I write unto you, fathers, because ye have known him that is from the beginning. I write unto you, young men, because ye have overcome the wicked one. I write unto you, little children, because ye have known the Father. 14I have written unto you, fathers, because ye have known him that is from the beginning. I have written unto you, young men, because ye are strong, and the word of God abideth in you, and ye have overcome the wicked one.

15Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. 17And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.

(1 John 2:12-17)

INTRODUCTION:


  • Three tests (2:3–11) have been presented to help the readers be assured of having true fellowship with God. 
  • This part of the letter is very crucial because of the warning that it brings to Christians and their focus.  

The love that God hates:


1. Hinders Our Growth - vs. 12-14


  • John addresses the believers here in his letter by calling them out by their growth description:

o  “little children” 

o  “your sins are forgiven” 

  • Then John looks at the pattern of growth:

o  spiritual “little children” – vs. 13c

o  spiritual “young men” – vs. 13b, 14b

o  spiritual “fathers” – vs. 13a, 14a

2.Derails Our Focus - vs. 15-17


  • What does loving the world look like? – vs. 15
  • What does the world do to us? – vs. 16
  • What is the right direction – doing God’s will – vs. 17

o  “Anything in a Christians life that causes him to lose his enjoyment of the father’s love or his desire to do the Father’s will is worldly and must be avoided.” – Warren Wiersbe

Conclusion


  • The remedy to reverse our heart forgetting God: 

o  2 Peter 1:5-9

o  How do we remember?

§ Intentionally renew the reality of the gospel in our hearts by remembering the Lord’s death and resurrection

§ Frequently meditate, reflect and acknowledge the truths of God’s Word

§ Continually celebrate what God is doing in your life