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The phrase "lust of the eyes" is found in 1 John 2:15-17: "Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in him. For everything in the world-...
The term world does not always refer to the universe as created by God. It is used to describe the community of sinful humanity that possesses a spirit of rebellion against God (1 John 2:15). 1 John 5:19) Because of it's opposition to God, the world values this things which are contrary to God will: the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life (1 John 2:16). It's temptations to the believer are thus twofold: lust for the Sensual and pride in master of his own life. The attraction of the world is amplified by Satan who is head of it's system. He is called the "prince of this world" John 12:31; 14:30 16:11), and the whole world is said to be under his power (1John 5:19, where "wickedness" can also be translated "wicked one"). Some if the tragic effects that love of the world will produce in the believer's life are: 1. A turning away from the Lord's work and other believers (2 Tim. 4:10). 2 Alienation from God (James 4:4). 3. Corruption sins (2 Pet. 1:4; 1John 2:15-17). 4. Deception by false teachers (1 John 4:; 2 John 7), The solution to the love of the world is to have a greater love for the Father (1 John 2:15). The Christian who seeks daily to please God in everything and who strives for spiritual growth through prayer, study of God's Word, and witnessing need not fall prey to the temptations of the world (Mark 14:38). Jesus Christ is the Truth, the Way, and the Life. If you do not know Him, then you don't know the Father whom sent Him so we could know Him.
The lust of the eyes is doing or watching anything that is not pleasing to the Lord: watching a movie, commercial, reading a magazine, even looking at another person and wanting them. Our eyes can lead us down the path of desire and destruction.
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