Scriptural Thoughts

2 Timothy 3:1 You must understand this, that in the last days distressing times will come.


As the end draws ever closer, a general decline in people should be readily anticipated.  Writing to Timothy, the apostle Paul told one how ones would be, among other things, “lovers of themselves” and “lovers of money” (2Ti. 3:2).  Such ones have always existed, but Paul had those professing Christianity in mind, for they would be “holding to an outward form of godliness” (2Ti. 3:5). 


Paul provided simple, yet profound, advice for Timothy when it came to professed Christians guilty of these things: “Avoid them!”  While we should make every effort to encourage them toward repentance, what Paul next says is significant for he reveals that not all will:


2 Timothy 3:6-7  For among them are those who make their way into households and captivate silly women, overwhelmed by their sins and swayed by all kinds of desires, who are always being instructed and can never arrive at a knowledge of the truth.


Those who refuse to repent are best avoided as Paul instructs.  We could gain nothing but heartache and possibly even material loss from them. Those whom he describes seek their own gain even at the detriment of others.  Christians are known for love, but these ones reveal themselves by their lack of love.