“This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts, Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.” (2 Timothy 3:1-7)
Today’s Morsel: One of the things I find in scripture is that Paul states in the last days men would be lovers of themselves. I know he uses this phrase in an evil and negative way, and we see it on display everywhere we turn in the world. Sadly, it’s creeping its way into the church in the same evil and negative way as well. But it should not be. It should be exploding in the church, but not in an evil or negative way, but in a good and positive way. Every born-again believer should be lovers of themselves. You should love yourself so much that you do everything that you can to ensure you do not miss the rapture and your eternal home in glory. You should love yourself so much that the thought of being tainted by the world or anything of this world that could cause you to miss out on what Jesus has for you would make you cringe. You see, Paul wrote, “For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the church” (Ephesians 5:29). The same way that Peter preached on the Day of Pentecost, "Save yourselves from this untoward generation," we should all being doing everything we can to save ourselves. I don’t know about you, but I love myself enough to do everything that I can to be well pleasing to Christ and ready for His soon coming. What about you?
Sing: I’m getting ready to leave this place, I’m getting ready for those gates of pearls. Keeping my record right, watching both day and night; I’m getting ready to leave this place.
Thought For Today: “For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the church." (Ephesians 5:29)