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The Rt. Rev. David N. Samuel: “Love not the world”

August 27, 2006

In a sermon titled Love not the world, Bishop David N. Samuel of the Church of England (Continuing) writes something that complements very well the post by Rev. Dan Phillips (of Pyromaniacs) on “You can go your own way”:

But somebody may say, “I find it very hard not to love the world.” We must all, at times, feel like that. And the truth is that love of the world cannot be overcome by us on our own. We need the grace or love of God to overcome it. Somebody has spoken of the “expulsive power of a new affection”. That is simply, that a new love drives out the old love.

The Bible is full of this very thing. That is why its great message is the love of God for us. “God so loved the world…” “Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.” When we realize the greatness of God’s love it has the power to drive out the love of the world. As Paul has put it, “The love of Christ constraineth us…” (2 Corinthians 5:14). He is referring to all he did and suffered as an apostle of Christ. Why did he do it? The answer was the love of Christ. He could not have done it of, or by himself.

That is why there is so much about God’s love in the New Testament. It is the key to everything in the Christian life. Without it we are nothing and can do nothing. “Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity [or love as Tyndale translated it] I am become as sounding brass or a tinkling cymbal.”

If we would not love the world, we must “know the love of God, which passeth knowledge.”

And it is only by His grace that we are given this love of Him that drives out the love of the world.

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