1 John 2-3

I listen to the old testament Daniel these days. But I will not take notes about it. Dec 3rd to 8th, I should finish listening to the Book Daniel.

If you are following me reading the Bible, feel free to choose the load right at your pace. You don’t have to rush. Bible is there; it won’t vanish.

——华丽的分割线——Time constraint, so two days in one post ——

1 John 2: 12 -14

Why did John repeat these messages in a past tense? Is it because he has written the letters, which are 2 John and 3 John, but he did not mail them yet? I don’t understand.

1 John 2: 15 Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in them. 16 For everything in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—comes not from the Father but from the world. 17 The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever.

I am trying to pack my possessions where I currently live in preparing to move to another city. It is not necessary for me to pack right now. But I can not stop myself. Either I sit there and staring at the floor, or I am anxiously making my room like a mess. It is not the first time I act like this. I remember that in August, actually from May to August, as soon as I knew I am going to move to a new place, I started packing. I cannot keep myself calm and being satisfied with where I am. But I don’t like myself acting like this. Too creepy. I read this passage, and I root on it. Do not love the world or anything in the world. I pack because I am afraid I miss anything, and I want to know what need to be left here in case I come back for a visit. Why am I haunting myself with such trivial things? Because I don’t want to face what I have to face: those emails and forms, those false sayings. Do not love the world. Do not love anything in the world.

1 John 3: 23 And this is his command: to believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ, and to love one another as he commanded us. 24 The one who keeps God’s commands lives in him, and he in them. And this is how we know that he lives in us: We know it by the Spirit he gave us.

This is a powerful message! Keep God’s commands. Do not love the world.

I pray that God would come and take away my desire to buy new stuff, take away my longing for physical things, take away my big appetite, take away my unsatisfied heart. I pray that God can come and give me peace right now, so I could have the courage to face the crisis.  Amen!

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