God’s love for the world vs. our love for the world

Commenting on 1 John 2:15-17, D.A. Carson writes*:

What God forbids in 1 John 2:15-17 (“do not love the world or the things in the world”), however, is something quite different. God loves the world with the holy love of redemption; He forbids us to love the world with the squalid love of participation. God loves the world with the self-sacrificing love that costs the Son his life; we are not to love the world with the self-seeking love that wants to taste all the world’s sin. God loves the world with the redemptive power that so transforms individuals they no longer belong to the world; we are forbidden to love the world with the moral weakness that wishes to augment the number of worldlings by becoming full-fledged participants ourselves. God’s love for the world is to be admired for its unique combination of purity and self-sacrifice; ours incites horror and disgust for its impurity and rapacious evil.

*Carson, D.A. (2006-07-10). For the Love of God: A Daily Companion for Discovering the Riches of God’s Word (Vol 1) (Kindle Locations 8063-8068). Good News Publishers. Kindle Edition. 

1 John 2:15-17

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 desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride in possessions – is not from the Father but is from the world. And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever.

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