“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—.”
2 Timothy 3:2-4
People in the last days sound a bit like people in these days. But if we look closely in the annals of history, we’ll see that people are bad no matter where you turn. Look at the common characteristic that runs throughout these people in the last days. They love but yet they are without love. They don’t know true love.
Look at the things that we turn to when we are not lovers of God. We turn to love ourselves, money and pleasure. The second characteristic is pride. But pride just goes hand in hand with loving ourselves. Then there’s the usual bad things of lying, loss of self control and the other maladies that come from loving yourself over loving others.
Remember people in Noah’s day? They were lovers of themselves instead of God. Yes, we could be in the last times, but does that fact really affect our job as Christians, or does it make our job more urgent? People act the way they do because of sin, no matter which generation they live in. And because of sin, they need mercy all the more.
* A disciple understands the times he is living in
Application: Are you aware of the condition of people today? Does the condition of people affect how we deal with them?