Understanding What Not to Love

by Shane Wall

Love is not a feeling, and I can prove it. Love is not a feeling because even when that feeling leaves, we still have to love. Therefore, love is not what we feel. Love is what we do.

We all know that John 3:16 declares what God did to prove His love. He gave His only begotten Son. That was His action of love. Jesus said in John 14:15 that if we love Him, we would keep His commandments, also proving that our acts confirm love. Consequently, the Bible details commands of what we are not to love. Let’s observe a few of them.

“Love not sleep, lest you come to poverty; open your eyes and you will be satisfied with bread.” Proverbs 20:13, AMP

I’m sure you’ve heard people say that they love to sleep. Most often, they are hard workers who require a good night’s rest to recuperate for another day’s work demands, but it’s not always the diligent who love sleep.

I’ve had several parents tell me that their child will not enroll in school and refuses to seek employment, but he or she loves to sleep. That type of behavior is forbidden. They love the dream world because the conscious world demands attention and responsibility. We must pray that God touches their consciences with His wisdom, understanding and truth.

“But those who crave to be rich fall into temptation and a snare and into many foolish (useless, godless) and hurtful desires that plunge men into ruin and destruction and miserable perishing. For the love of money is a root of all evils; it is through this craving that some have been led astray and have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves through with many acute [mental] pangs.” 1 Timothy 6:9-10, AMP

This scripture has been misquoted often, but money is not the root of all evil. The love of money is the root system for all that is evil. How is that possible? From what some call ‘little white lies’ about completing childhood chores to bizarre illegal occurrences, inappropriate practices can be traced to a strong affection towards receiving money...greed. It has been well said that people will do anything for money.

“Do not love or cherish the world or the things that are in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh [craving for sensual gratification] and the lust of the eyes [greedy longings of the mind] and the pride of life [assurance in one’s own resources or in the stability of earthly things]—these do not come from the Father but are from the world [itself].” 1 John 2:15-16, AMP

When this scripture mentions the term ‘world,’ it’s referring to the evil and sensual desires that tempt and lead us to disobey God’s will for our lives. Why are people even considered evil, bad or notorious? It’s only because of the wrong that they constantly do. In accordance to the above scripture, we should view all worldly ways as unlovable.

There is something else very interesting about this scripture. A few years ago the Holy Spirit showed me a marvelous truth in the referenced scripture. He revealed to me that there are only three areas of temptation that any devil is allowed to present, and when we defeat all three, we will be free from all worldly temptations. From Adam and Eve to Jesus and beyond, this teaching has proven to hold as truth.

The only three areas of temptation are: the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eye and the pride of life.

Eve, the first to be tempted, was susceptible by the following regards. Her lust of the flesh was for food, when hunger wasn’t even the present issue. Her lust of the eye, the Bible records, was that she saw that the tree was good for food. The pride of life occurred when Adam and Eve knew that they were naked and wanted to cover themselves.

When Jesus was tempted, as recorded in the fourth chapter of Matthew and Luke, Satan could only use those three areas of temptation as well. The lust of the flesh happened when Satan knew that Jesus was fasting and told Him to turn the stones into bread. The lust of the eye occurred when Satan said he’d give Jesus the glory and authority of all the world’s kingdoms if He worshipped him. The pride of life was presented when Satan told Jesus to cast Himself down from a very high place and that He’d be caught because of Who He was.

Loving what God’s Word strictly says not to love is always a trap. Avoid these temptations at all costs. We can do it because God has equipped and empowered us to obey Him. The easiest way to change our worldly lifestyles is by changing what we love to do. It’s easy to obey what the Bible says not to love when we love God more than anyone and anything in this world!

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