Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. (1 John 2:15)
The love of the world and the love of the Father is the same word, agapo, which means an abundant love, a love feast. I think of the childhood Thanksgiving with the family with the turkey, sweet and white potatoes, turnips, creamed onions, and lots of stuffing (cooked in the bird) then came the apple and pumpkin pies. So much food, so little time! We were stuffed with food left over for days. That is a feast. That describes agapo love. It is over the top and abundant.That is the type of love God showed us in sending His only begotten Son Jesus to die for us sinners.
We cannot have this abundant type of love for both God and mammon. You will love one and hate the other.(Matthew 6:24) But is the Greek word mamonas (G3126). The KJV transliterates the word because it means more than just money. A Chaldee or Syriac word meaning “wealth” or “riches” (Luk_16:9-11); also, by personification, the god of riches (Mat_6:24; Luk_16:9-11).[i] It is the idol of money. We are warned in First Timothy that the love (agape/agapao) of money is the root of all evil.
Little children, we have a choice on which we are to love, either the world or God we cannot do both. We can love the world and perish with the world or love God and have eternal life Which will you choose today?
[i] Mammon, Easton Bible Dictionary, Published 1897, Public Domain, E-Sword Edition.
Excerpt from the sermon Little Children & The World, you can hear the full sermon here.