THE FEAR OF THE LORD
Adulterers and adulteresses! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity (ill will and mutual hatred) with God? Whoever wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God. James 4:4
We who are born again are considered to be the very bride of Christ, the wife of God! Just as an earthly bride can commit adultery, so can the heavenly bride by loving something more than her Husband!
God is a jealous God who loves His bride with all of His heart, but when His bride commits adultery, His wrath breaks out on her just as a natural earthly man who finds his wife in bed with another! The love of the world and the things it contains chokes God's word right out of the heart of man and just as the parable states, he becomes unfruitful.
Ask Adam and Eve about the lust of the eyes, the lust of the flesh and the boastful pride of life and what it did to all of creation, mankind is still suffering the effects of their sin that ultimately led to the death, burial and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ. Are you a friend of God or a friend of the world? Your answer has eternal consequences!
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. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father but is from the world. I John 2:15,16
Your servant in Christ, Timothy Laughlin