Do not love the world or the things of the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For everything in the world — the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride in one’s possessions — is not from the Father, but is from the world.
-1 John 2:15-16
I don’t think John is saying that we should not love the blessings and beauty the Father has given us in this world. We can and should appreciate the beauty and the bounty the Lord spoke into creation for us. The problem is when we become a worshiper of these things. When the world causes us to lose our way and turn from God. Lust for physical pleasures, lust for beauty and pride in the gifts God has provided drive a wedge between us and our…
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