2 Timothy 3:1-9 (NRSV)
You must understand this, that in the last days distressing times will come. For people will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, inhuman, implacable, slanderers, profligates, brutes, haters of good, treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, holding to the outward form of godliness but denying its power. Avoid them! 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. As Jannes and Jambres opposed Moses, so these people, of corrupt mind and counterfeit faith, also oppose the truth. But they will not make much progress, because, as in the case of those two men, their folly will become plain to everyone.
Today's scripture reading makes me so grateful for the blessed assurance that Jesus saves and he saves to the utmost!
Surely, we are in the "last days" described above. We need look no further than our computers, televisions, and newspapers to realize that we are a sinful people prone to hurting ourselves and others.
I am so grateful for Jesus Christ, who gave his life upon the cross to atone for our sin and gift us with eternal life!
Although we don't know exactly when Jesus will chose to come again ushering in an age of peace and prosperity unlike any before, we do know that we have his promise that he will!
It is awesome to live in the victory of The Light. Light did indeed conquer darkness and Jesus has overcome the world!
This is good news and I pray that we will boldly share it with others! When Jesus was resurrected, victorious over sin, death, and the grave, he set us truly free!
Today, let us confess our sin, receive our pardon, and live in The Light and Victory of Jesus!
Let us pray: Lord God Almighty! You are so Mighty to save! I love you so very much! Please help me to walk in the victory of your resurrection. Please forgive my sin. Please help me to share the good news with others. I pray this in your Holy Name, Amen!