There are some subjects that I would rather not address, and I am sure Paul preferred not to speak about either, but the culture requires we do. These five verses in Second Timothy are packed with attitudes and practices that marked Paul’s day, and not surprising, mark our day.
“But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty. For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power. Avoid such people” (2 Timothy 3:1–5).
Among all these deplorable conditions that affect the human heart, being ungrateful lies at the root of so many in this list. When we are thankful for what God has given us, we stop thinking that we are at the center of everything and begin considering for the needs and comforts of others. True satisfaction comes from concern for the comfort of others and wanting to bless them rather than being a “lover of self.”
Take time over this weekend to thank several people for what they mean to you or for the things they have done along your road in life. You will be amazed how this lifts their spirits and produces joy in your hearts. Include you children and grandchildren so they see your attitude toward others.
“With a freewill offering I will sacrifice to you; I will give thanks to your name, O Lord, for it is good.” (Psalm 54:6).
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