1/5/13 – Today’s Headlines

 

Paul’s words to the young preacher Timothy in II Timothy 3:1-4 read like today’s news. Paul begins his warning by saying, “But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: For men will be…” We can then easily picture the rest of his words and phrases blaring at us in big, bold, black headlines on magazine covers and newspaper front pages as we stand in the grocery store check-out line.

  • “lovers of themselves”
  • “lovers of money”
  • “boasters, proud”
  • “blasphemers”
  • “disobedient to parents”
  • “unthankful”
  • “unholy, unloving, unforgiving”
  • “slanderers”
  • “without self-control”
  • “brutal”
  • “despisers of good”
  • “traitors”
  • “headstrong, haughty”
  • “lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God” 2 Timothy 3:1-4 (NKJ).

Paul goes on in verse five to tell Timothy that the unifying factor behind all these “stories” is that these men are “having a form of godliness but denying its power.” He finally admonished Timothy, “And from such people turn away!”

Take another look at that list of “headlines” above. You can cut and paste today’s news stories under each one. Do you know anyone whose names would appear in those stories? Heed Paul’s warning. From such people turn away. And remember another one of Paul’s admonitions: “Do not be misled: ‘Bad company corrupts good character’” 1 Corinthians 15:33 (NIV).

Cut folk loose who have no business being in your life before you end up in a headline.

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©2013 Sharon Norris Elliott. Feel free to forward this devotion in its entirety, including this copyright line. Leave comments, ask questions, read past devotions, or subscribe to receive these devotions daily in your e-mail at www.sanewriter.wordpress.com. Also, periodically check in at www.LifeThatMatters.net to see what’s going on in the ministry.

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~ by sanewriter on January 5, 2013.

One Response to “1/5/13 – Today’s Headlines”

  1. Hallelujah…you can say that again.

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