1 John 2:12-17

In this section John encourages the church to continue in the way of the Lord.  He also exhorts (strongly encourages) them to not love, or become attached to the way of the world.  Verse 15 says that if we love the world, we cannot love the Father.  We cannot love both, because they both demand our complete loyalty.  John explains how foolish it is to bind ourselves to this world because it is passing away.  But the power and love of God will abide forever.  Throughout the New Testament we as followers of Christ are encouraged to stand, abide in, and hold on to the promises of Christ.  We have so much more in Christ; He is a rock to stand on, and a fortress of protection.  Bind yourself to Him.