What do you think of when you read the words "the world"? These words are used six times in this short passage and seem to reference a fleshly kingdom. Three times in John's gospel our Lord speaks of "the ruler of this world" giving us a glimpse into the nature and influence of Satan on fleshly life. Make no mistake about it, the kingdom of God is at war with the fleshly kingdom. Consider what Paul writes in his second letter to the Corinthians:
For though we walk in the flesh,The words of Christ in our passage today calls us up to kingdom life and calls us out from fleshly living. The contrast is stark. Hatred of God's kingdom pervades worldly behavior. But loving your enemies is the banner that flies high in His kingdom. When we pray Thy kingdom come we entreat the Lord to empower us to love.. to motivate us to compassion.. to cause us to live as ones who have been called out from fleshly living.
we are not waging war according to the flesh.
For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh
but have divine power to destroy strongholds.
Dear Lord, empower me to return love for hatred today.