Lust, desire, pride, and the pursuit of whatever self wants is not a driving force that comes from God. John’s way of saying: trash in, trash out. If I am not loving the right thing, I will jeopardize how much of God’s love is in me. The things of the world are very short lived and temporary. Seeking things that are Godly leave a lasting and fruitful legacy.

Ever the big brother, John encourages us to live in such a way that leaves a trail pointing back to God. We will all physically die, but the decisions we make each day contribute to the memories and influences, to the positive or negative, that our physical and spiritual lives leave behind.

{Meditations on 1 John 2:15-17}