1 John 2:15 (ESV) … “Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.”
Stop loving this evil world and all that it offers you, for when you love the world, you show that you do not have the love of the Father in you. Believers must love God (2:5) and love their brothers and sisters in Christ (2:10), but they must not love this evil world.
John was writing to those in the church who had remained true to their faith. They had withstood false teaching and had remained unified together with other believers. But John warned against a secret spiritual danger that could still threaten them—loving this evil world. The “world,” as used here, does not refer to God’s creation that God declared good and that reveals his glory (see Psalms 8; 24:1). Nor does it refer to the “world” that God “so loved that he gave his only Son” to die for it (John 3:16). Instead, the term “world” here refers to the realm of Satan’s influence, the system made up of those who hate God and his will. Believers should love the people of the world enough to share God’s message with them, but they should not love the morally corrupt system in place in the world. Satan controls this evil world. His world opposes God and his followers and tempts those followers away from God and into sin (see James 4:4).
GOD VS. THE EVIL WORLD
John warned believers not lo love this world and its selfish pleasures. Christians stand in a war zone. The battle takes place here on earth as the spiritual forces of God battle against those of Satan. While God allows Satan to rule over the earth through the minds of those in rebellion against God, Satan’s kingdom will one day be destroyed. Christians live in this world but are not of it. Satan hates Christians’ detachment and attempts to make life as difficult as possible for Christ’s followers. To give in to the senseless lust for possessions and power, to spend money on selfish desires and foolish upgrades in cars, clothes, homes, and equipment while ignoring the needs of others is to lose the cosmic war to Satan. So, Christian, know that Satan wars against you, and remember that you represent the winning side.