“Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in them.”
– 1 John 2:15 (NIV)
“Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.”(ESV)
“Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.”(KJV)
“Do not love the world, neither the things that are in it, for whoever loves the world does not have the love of The Father in him.” (Aramaic Bible in plain English)
To fully appreciate this verse, we need to put it in the proper context, by including the verse that follows it…
“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.”
– 1 John 2:16(NIV)
We are to put our thoughts and desires upon God and heavenly things, not the things of this world. We need to let go of ego and pride, and seek to serve the will of God not our own desires.
It’s okay if we desire and have possessions for things in this world that can be used for purposes which God had intended, things that can be used to His glory.
But if we put too much love and focus on the things of this world, especially those things that can be abused by sin, it is a reflection of where our hearts and minds are – in this world – not on God.
“No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.”
– Matthew 6:24
We can either live to serve God or live for the things of this world. One cannot do both well. You have to choose one or the other: God or this world.
“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to discern what is the good, pleasing, and perfect will of God.”
– Romans 12:2
“Instead, clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the desires of the flesh.”
– Romans 13:14
“At one time we all lived among them, fulfilling the cravings of our flesh and indulging its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature children of wrath.”
– Ephesians 2:3