8302 love, abuse of

8302 love, abuse of

Scripture warns that love can be misdirected and shows a number of examples.

Exaggerated love of self

Self-interest is condemned Php 2:3-4 See also Mt 16:25 pp Mk 8:35 pp Lk 9:24; Ro 14:15; Ro 15:1; 1Co 8:9; 1Co 10:24; Gal 5:26; Jas 3:14-15

Examples of self-love Est 6:6 Haman; Isa 5:8; Da 4:30 Nebuchadnezzar; 2Ti 3:2; Jas 5:5

Love of prestige

Pride in one’s position or reputation is condemned Pr 25:27; 1Co 13:4 See also Pr 21:4; Pr 25:6-7; Mt 23:12 pp Lk 14:11; Ro 12:10; Jas 3:1

Examples of the love of prestige 2Sa 15:1 Absalom; 1Ki 1:5 Adonijah; Isa 14:13 the king of Babylon; Jer 46:5; Eze 28:2; Mt 20:21; Mt 23:6-7 pp Lk 20:46; Lk 14:7; Lk 22:24; Jn 12:43 the man of lawlessness; 2Th 2:4; 3Jn 9

Love of the world

Love of the world is condemned 1Jn 2:15 See also Ex 23:2; Mt 16:26 pp Mk 8:36-37 pp Lk 9:25; Ro 12:2; Col 3:2; 2Ti 2:4; Tit 2:12; Jas 4:4

Examples of the love of the world Mt 24:38; Lk 14:18 those invited to the great banquet; 2Ti 4:10 Demas

Love of money

Love of money is condemned 1Ti 6:9-10 See also Ps 62:10; Pr 28:20; Ecc 5:10; Lk 12:15

Examples of the love of riches Jos 7:21 Achan; 2Ki 5:20 Gehazi; Mic 3:11; Mt 19:22 pp Mk 10:22 pp Lk 18:23 the rich young man; Mt 26:15 Judas Iscariot; Lk 16:14; Jn 12:6; Ac 16:19; Ac 24:26 Felix; 2Pe 2:15

Love of sin

The love of sin is condemned 2Th 2:12 See also Job 15:16; Pr 2:14; Pr 17:19; Ro 1:32; 2Pe 2:10

Examples of the love of sinning 1Ki 21:25 Ahab and Jezebel; Jer 14:10; Mic 3:2; 2Pe 2:13-14

Love of other gods

Idolatry is condemned Dt 6:13-14 See also Ex 20:3; Lev 26:1; Dt 12:30; Ac 17:29; 1Jn 5:21

Examples of the love of idols Ex 32:4 the golden calf; Jdg 2:11-12; 2Ki 17:15; Da 5:4 Belshazzar; Ac 17:16 the city of Athens; Ro 1:23

See also

5413money, attitudes
5813conceit
5869greed
6020sin
6243adultery, spiritual
8768idolatry
8802pride
8821self-indulgence
8827selfishness

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