2nd Timothy 3:3 But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. 2 People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, 3 without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, 4 treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God— 5 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:
- 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”?
- Most of us who strive to be like Jesus, find ourselves failing or being tempted in some of these sins.
- The education system has been deep into the “love thyself” for six or seven decades.
- 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.
- 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.