What does God love? The gospel of John tells us God loves the world. He loves the world so much that He gives His only begotten Son in order to save those who believe in Him. Those who believe in Him are given everlasting life. With this gift, they escape eternal darkness; they do not perish.
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
Christians ought to reflect God’s love of the world. True, we are asked to understand that love of the world is enmity with God.
“Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.” (1 John 2:15, KJV)
Nevertheless, we misunderstand. God does not tell us to shun the world; rather, He commands us to go into all the world and preach the good news to its peoples.
“Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.” (Matthew 28:19, KJV)
Yet, God warns us:
“Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?
15And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel?
16And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.
17Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you.” (2 Corinthians 6: 14-17, KJV)
God loves the world; He calls us to walk about in the world, reflecting His love of its peoples. At the same time, God tells us to separate from the world, not to envy it, desire it, follow after it.
“It is good to grasp the one and not let go of the other. Whoever fears God will avoid all extremes.” (Ecclesiastes 7:18, NIV)