2For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, 3 heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, 4treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, 5having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power. Avoid such people. 6For among them are those who creep into households and capture weak women, burdened with sins and led astray by various passions, 7always learning and never able to arrive at a knowledge of the truth.
10 You, however, have followed my teaching, my conduct, my aim in life, my faith, my patience, my love, my steadfastness, 11my persecutions and sufferings that happened to me at Antioch, at Iconium, and at Lystra—which persecutions I endured; yet from them all the Lord rescued me. 12Indeed, all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted, 13while evil people and impostors will go on from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived. 14But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it 15and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.The reason for the difference?
Some know the truth of these verses:
16 All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, 17that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work.I know that God has given me the ability to use scripture, to learn from it, bot be changed by it, to influence others through it and so forth. I know this in the core of my being.
BUT just as I know this, I also despair of ever being able to do it well.
I know the joy of the Lord .... but how often do I fail to even think him for my meals?
I know the hope that I have in the Lord.... but how often do I get bogged down in "my stuff"?
I know the importance of daily devotions ....but how often do I think...but I need to do this or that and I just don't have time!
ARGH! Sometimes I wish I could be better programmed to think God first, others second and me last. But sin pervades every aspect of life. I need to know that. I need to feel that. And then I can change through God's word and the Holy Spirit's prompting.
Let me be the second person....one who follows the teachings of Godly men, one who reads and learns from Scripture, and one who knows that my salvation comes from Christ alone.