“Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world the love of the Father is not in him” — 1 John 1:15 (NIV)
On Valentine’s Day, when the refrain from every corner of our world is, “show your love,” it can be jarring to hear the words from 1 John: “Do not love.” But here the writer is not warning us away from love but warning us away from the wrong kind of love. We live in a fallen world in which sin can easily take control of our lives, making us love that which cannot bring the true joy that pure love can. Today, as we show our love to those who make our lives complete, let us put away the love of things that keep us from the pure love of our Father.
Prayer: Loving God, You are the source of all love. Show us the way of pure love that loves for love’s sake and not for the sake of self-gain or power. Amen.
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