Cravings: What Does This World Offer?

1 John 2:15-17: Do not love this world, nor the things it offers you, for when you love the world you do not have the love of the Father in you. For the world offers only a craving for physical pleasure, a craving for everything we see, and pride in our achievements and possessions. These are not from the Father, but are from this world. And this world is fading away, along with everything that people crave. But anyone who does what pleases God will live forever.

Craving: to long for; want greatly; desire eagerly (Dictionary.com)

The world offers us cravings, not fulfillment. We are given a taste of physical pleasure, material wealth, and achievements we can be proud of, but it leaves us empty and wanting more. These cravings build up, and then the things we think could satisfy them fade away. Everything in the world is temporary.

We are human, and therefore have worldly, human desires, but evil is nature to man.

Mark 7:21-23: For from within, out of a person’s heart, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, greed, wickedness, deceit, lustful desires, envy, slander, pride, and foolishness.All these vile things come from within; they are what defile you.”

Some of the things Mark describes can seem big, and difficult to relate to, but they are generalizations of many sins that can successfully invade our hearts.          

What are your cravings?

Where do they come from?

How does the world offer to fulfill them?

How can you look to God to fulfill them?

 

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