"You adulterers and adulteresses, know you not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? Whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God"
Friendship is a wonderful thing when properly utilised. Individuals and whole nations have enjoyed the mutual support, encouragement, provision and protection that friendship affords. Many a youth going through life's problems has found hope and comfort in the backing of a good friend. But there is an important lesson on friendship taught by elementary mathematics; it says positive multiplied by negative is equal to negative. Practically, the friend (positive) of my enemy (negative) is my enemy (negative). Apostle James brings this truth to life.
God loves the men and women of the world; He gave His only begotten Son to die for all. They have however made a conscious choice to reject God. The systems and pursuits of the world run contrary to God's will. Are you a true believer? You are in the world but not of it. No one can follow the social dictates of this sinful world and be a friend of God whose world it spurns. Beware, to be a friend of the world is to fry with the world in the coming fire of God's judgment.
CHALLENGE: I'd rather have Jesus than anything this world affords.
PRAYER: Lord, wean my heart off worldly attractions.
QUOTE: Friends of the world shall fry up with the world