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Friendship With The World

Discussion in 'Deeper Fellowship' started by Aimz, Oct 4, 2017.

  1. Tolworth John

    Tolworth John Well-Known Member Supporter

    United Kingdom
    A good serious question and you've lots of sifferent views.
    I would say if a hobby, a friend, a job, a tv show, internet blog or game becomes more important than serving God or spending time with God than the world is becoming more important than the things of God.

    It is important to remember that Jesus knows our weaknesses and that he is willing to forgive us. We don't have to achieve 100% a pure and holy life, we only have to try our best.
  2. limerick

    limerick New Member

    United States
    Here are some thoughts that I hope would be of help to you

    2 Corinthians 6:14 Do not be bound together with unbelievers; for what partnership have righteousness and lawlessness

    Who we spend time with, and form relationships with is a big part of whether we are living by Christian values, or by non Christian values, i.e. values of the world

    Try to avoid relationships with people who are stonch atheists, as they are not supportive of our faith

    It would be better to spend time with people of the faith, by attending fellowships such as Bible studies

    Another better way to spend time would be to serve people in need such as the poor
  3. Halbhh

    Halbhh Everything You say is Life to me Supporter

    United States
    What great advice. We most of us have done both at various times, so it's a reasonable instruction for improvement to remember, and I think quite useful!
  4. faroukfarouk

    faroukfarouk Fading curmudgeon

    Wholesome, sobering considerations from James!
  5. drjean

    drjean Senior Veteran Supporter

    United States
    Mr O's response is right on! That is exactly what I used to do, say something like really? Let's go ask her/him if that's true! Soon no one wanted to share gossip with me, and I was quite grateful for that!
  6. GUANO

    GUANO Well-Known Member

    United States
    What do you think it means? The first line, "adulterers!", seems to indicate some kind of idolatry... Going after other gods...
  7. raffadalbo

    raffadalbo New Member

    I think one should read the full chapter 4 in James. He starts saying things like "you ask and you do not receive, because you ask in the wrong way, only in order to satisfy your passions". Of course, what should one ask? Maybe good health, or a new job, or a marriage or a child, or escaping a danger. It is normal to ask for things that belong to the world - God has given them to Adam and Eva for their joy; all was given them for their free use, except one tree.

    But "loving" things is not the same as "enjoying" them. And enjoying without restrictions is not the same as enjoying according to God's will. This is in short the opposition between love world (meaning a wish to find the full sense of life and full joy in the things of the world) and love God(meaning that, whether we enjoy or give up things of the world, we never see them as ultimate ends... God only is the ultimate end and whatever we do we act according to His will).
  8. Thedictator

    Thedictator Retired Coach, Now Missionary to the World

    United States
    He is talking to the bride of Christ who love the World more than him. That is adultery.