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15 Don’t love the world or anything that belongs to the world. If you love the world, you cannot love the Father. 16 Our foolish pride comes from this world, and so do our selfish desires and our desire to have everything we see. None of this comes from the Father. 17 The world and the desires it causes are disappearing. But if we obey God, we will live forever. (CEV)  “Safe?” said Mr. Beaver; “don’t you hear what Mrs. Beaver tells you? Who said anything about safe? ‘Course he isn’t safe. But he’s good. He’s the King, I tell you.” (CS Lewis -- The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe)   The wisdom of Mr Beaver -- that old freedom fighter of Narnia -- will help us conclude our lectio divina on this passage (1 John 2:15-17) for now. We've seen that John was telling us not to love "the ordered and harmonious system of governance" when he said not to love "the world" (kosmos in Greek). But we're brought up to this system: behave and be rewarded, misbehave and be punished; work hard to get the prize, slack off and suffer. It's a system which makes sense to us, one we know, and understand, and by which we live our lives. But if we open our hearts to the message of Messiah, we discover God has a different system! He welcomes slackers, and rewards the wrongdoer the same as He rewards the faithful ... His standard of our perfection is Christ His Son, who lovingly extends that perfection to everyone. So, if your idea was to live a good life, working hard, behaving and checking off the boxes ... to live a safe life by the ordered and harmonious system of this world -- LOOK OUT! The King is GOOD, but He's not SAFE as Mr. Beaver says. His system is mind-blowing, but not safe! Your harmoniously ordered world may be ripped apart ... and a much greater but much less safe scenario unveiled.