Don't love the world or anything that belongs to the world. If you love the world, you cannot love the Father. Our foolish pride comes from this world, and so do our selfish desires and our desire to have everything we see. None of this comes from the Father. The world and the desires it causes are disappearing. But if we obey God, we will live forever.
1 John 2:15-17
Loving the world and loving God are mutually exclusive. If you love one you will not love the other! At least one of the reasons that God says marriage should be between one man and one woman for life is that their love is an earthly type of the love we have for God. The world and the Lord compete for your heart! You can only give your heart to one or the other.
How can I tell if I love the world or the Lord? What are the ways of identifying where you have given your allegiance? Spending time is perhaps the simplest test. How much time do you spend with the Lord and how much time with the things of the world? The one you love will have more of your time than the other.
Also when you love someone you will focus your mind and heart on knowing their desires. When you love the world you will know the trends, fashions and fads. When you love God you will know what He has said in His Word, not because it is God's command, but because it is God's desire!
Remember, as beautiful as the world is, it will pass away in the fires of Judgment. True eternal beauty is in knowing Jesus Christ.
"Lord Jesus, help me today to spend more time with You than I do with the things of this world. Invade my mind, heart, thoughts and even my dreams so that You will overwhelm me with Your Love! And may You be praised forever. Amen."