END TIMES 2nd Tim 3

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2nd Timothy 3:But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God— having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with such people.

There is not much I can add to make this passage any clearer, nor to persuade you that these characteristics describe an awfully lot of people! A few comments, however:

  1. The entertainment world makes heros/heroines to be models of this kind of behavior. How many family shows have children who disrespect there parents, for instance? How many sports idols brag about the number of women they have “had”?
  2. Most of us who strive to be like Jesus, find ourselves failing or being tempted in some of these sins.
  3. The education system has been deep into the “love thyself” for six or seven decades.
  4. Even Christian counselors and writers have a recurring emphasis: Jesus said “love thy neighbor as thyself” so you have to love yourself first. A tempting and ear-tickling lie. Jesus never taught us to love ourselves first. The Golden Rule, though not from the Bible, shows that we reach out with the first act of love. Do Unto Others as You Would Have Them Do For You. If you have a flare-up with someone, it is first your responsibility to forgive and restore.
  5. The last line is put there on purpose, I am sure, but I have never noticed it before. I guess a lot of “character” traits are influenced by those with whom you hang.
    • Added note not developed by this scripture, is that we must be a “friend to sinners” as Jesus was; however, we do not make them pals and encourage their evil ways.

About oneta hayes

ABOUT ME Hello. To various folks I am Neat’nee, Mom, Grandma Neta, Gramma, Aunt Neta, Aunt Noni, Aunt Neno, and Aunt Neto (lots of varieties from little nieces and nephews). To some I’m more like “Didn’t you used to be my teacher?” or “Don’t I know you from someplace?” To you, perhaps, I am a Fellow Blogger. Not “fellow” like a male or a guy, but “fellow” like a companion or an adventurer. I would choose to be Grandma Blogger, and have you pull up a chair, my website before you, while I tell you of some days of yore. I have experienced life much differently than most of you. It was and is a good life. I hope to share nuggets of appreciation for those who have gone before me and those who come after me. By necessity you are among those who come after me and I will tell you of those who came before. Once upon a time in a little house on a prairie - oops, change that lest I commit plagiarism - and change that “house on the prairie” to “dugout on the prairie.” So my story begins...
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4 Responses to END TIMES 2nd Tim 3

  1. Frank Hubeny says:

    Good point: “we must be a “friend to sinners” as Jesus was; however, we do not make them pals and encourage their evil ways.”

    • oneta hayes says:

      I am guilty of wrapping myself in so many activities, family or church-oriented, that I don’t take much time for being a “friend to sinners.” I try to interact kindly with all people during the daily routine, but never invite a family over who does not go to church with me. We must remember that we will be judged on our good works. Motivation will count. Jesus said to invite those who will not invite you back. A parable.

  2. C.A. Post says:

    The reason Jesus never had to instruct people to love themselves is that this is our natural fallen default! Ephesians 5:29 says, “For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it.” If the Bible is true, our pop psychologists have a lot of explaining to do.
    Even suicides are decided because the despondent don’t think THEY should HAVE to endure THIS. Selfish and cowardly.
    See https://capost2k.wordpress.com/2016/02/07/to-be-or-not-to-be-that-is-not-the-real-question/

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