Do not conform to the pattern of this world.
“Do not conform to the pattern of this world”, Paul says to the Romans- Romans 12:22
The questions is ,”What are the patterns of this world”? Let us not forget that the Devil has created in this world an atmosphere that is ungodly, and which leads people away from God and into sin. This affects what we always think or do on a daily basis.1 John 5:15, “We know that we are children of God and the whole world lies under the sway of the wicked one.” 1 John 5:19. We must be spiritually aware to know what is from God and not.
How shall we know the balance? The answer is coming: “be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” My prayer is that this message is part of that mind-renewal that will help you prove what is the will of God.
“The wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience. Therefore do not associate with them. . . . Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them.” Expose them! This is not going to go down well. Which is why Paul says in 2 Timothy 3:12, “Indeed, all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted.” That happens when you are “not conformed” to the world.
“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. For all that is in the world — the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life — is not of the Father but is of the world. And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever.” 1 John 2:15-17
“If you were of the world, the world would love its own. Yet because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you.” John 15:19-20.
Hindi ba kapag mayroong mga okasyon that somebody is inviting you for a merriment -inuman, party, watching concert of famous band and you turned them down, sasabihing ‘KJ” ka. Kapag may umpukan in a group and you are part of the group and you single out yourself, sasabihing ,” ayaw mong makijoin”. They might also think of something negatively about your attitude towards them. Hindi ba during the OT, God doesn’t want the Jews to marry or join the non Jews people. Why? These non Jews do not acknowledge the true God. God showed to the Jews or Israelite to show men that there is powerful God that we have to obey.
Friendship with the world is enmity to God.” James 4:4 God wants our obedience. Paul said that we should not join with the sexually immoral. The world will hate you if you follow God’s precept. Our thoughts, and our actions should always be in conformity with God’s. If you are with God, the world will hate you.