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Living in the World but Not of the World


Living in the world but not being of the world is a struggle that Christians have faced throughout the ages. In 1 John 2:12-17, the apostle John reminds us that as believers, we are not to love the world or the things in the world because they are passing away. But what does it mean to live in the world while not being of the world? And how can we practically apply this in our daily lives?

We must understand that we are called to be separate from the world. In 2 Corinthians 6:17-18, Paul writes, "Therefore, come out from their midst and be separate," says the Lord. "And do not touch what is unclean, and I will welcome you. And I will be a father to you, and you will be sons and daughters to me," says the Lord Almighty." This means that we must not conform to the ways of the world but be transformed by the renewing of our minds (Romans 12:2). We must pursue holiness and righteousness, for without them no one will see the Lord (Hebrews 12:14).

Also, we must remember that we are not alone in this struggle. Jesus Himself faced the same struggle when He was in the world (John 17:14-16). In fact, He warned His disciples that they would face persecution in the world because they were not of the world (John 15:18-19). But He also promised to send the Holy Spirit to be with them and guide them (John 14:16-17).

So, how do we practically live in the world but not be of the world? We must guard our hearts and minds by filling them with God's Word (Psalm 119:11). We must also surround ourselves with fellow believers who can encourage us and keep us accountable (Hebrews 10:24-25). We must live a life that is pleasing to God, even when it is unpopular or difficult (Matthew 5:10-12). And we must always remember that our citizenship is in heaven, not on earth (Philippians 3:20).

Living in the world but not being of the world is a struggle that all Christians face. But by pursuing holiness and righteousness, remembering that we are not alone, and applying practical steps to our daily lives, we can overcome this struggle and live a life that is pleasing to God. As John reminds us in 1 John 2:17, "The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever."
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