Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Avoid Such People

“But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty. For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power. Avoid such people.”
2 Timothy 3:1-5

According to the list given here, it appears that we are in the last days. These faults are rampant in today’s society, and a lack of self-control is a major part of the problem.

Paul was instructing Timothy and the church to avoid those who were reckless, lovers of pleasure, disobedient to parents, etc. Many tragedies would be avoided if people stopped acting selfishly. Much heartache would be avoided if people began working to control self and its ungodly tendencies.

Think about a car full of young people out for a drive. If the driver is reckless, proud, and arrogant, it is a potential car accident for everyone in the car, not just the one behind the wheel. It is dangerous physically and spiritually to be with foolish and uncontrolled people.

Our avoidance should not only extend to foolish people. We need be careful while selecting our entertainment, books, and music. People tend to become like those they spend time with, and this means that we need to use wisdom and self-control while choosing our friends. We should be thoughtful instead of extravagant and full of self-conceit.

George Eliot's wise advice encourages us in self-control while speaking with others:


“Blessed is the man who, having nothing to say, abstains from giving in words evidence of the fact.”

4 comments:

Wholesome Works said...

Elizabeth,

Self-control seems to be an oxy-moron to today's society.

I liked your quote, it reminded of a saying that I've been hearing a lot lately... although I hope the people saying it weren't trying to tell me something:

"It is better for someone to think you're a fool, than open your mouth, and remove all doubt"

This was another excellent post.

Zachary

the traveler said...

This is a well timed convicting post, especially in regards to slander.

Kaitlin said...

Awesome post Elizabeth!

Ednella said...

Loved the car analogy! That was a great post.