Don’t Be Naive
Before you read today’s passage think about the good and bad in the news at the moment.
Here is the passage in the translation we normally use:-
Just to reinforce these hard truths from Paul look at 3: 1-5 in ‘The Message’
3 1-5 Don’t be naive. There are difficult times ahead. As the end approaches, people are going to be self-absorbed, money-hungry, self-promoting, stuck-up, profane, contemptuous of parents, crude, coarse, dog-eat-dog, unbending, slanderers, impulsively wild, savage, cynical, treacherous, ruthless, bloated windbags, addicted to lust, and allergic to God. They’ll make a show of religion, but behind the scenes they’re animals. Stay clear of these people.
Allergic To God
This expression is not one I have come across before, but it is worth thinking about as the root cause of so much pain and distress in our world. Jesus makes this wonderful promise as part of his ‘Sermon on the Mount’ (from Matthew Chapters 5 to 7 – Chapter 7 v 7):
7 “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.
The Christian answer to all the mess we are in, personally and globally, is to open the door to the living God in the person of Jesus Christ. His Holy Spirit WILL help us cope with the many challenges we face.
Paul’s advice to Timothy in this passage is hard for us as patience does not come naturally when we face so much disdain for Christian truth
“God’s servant must not be argumentative, but a gentle listener and a teacher who keeps cool, working firmly but patiently with those who refuse to obey.”
When I was a student I had a label stuck on the dashboard of my old car:
Prayer, Patience, Petrol
A Prayer for Peace
.. think of the journey you will make today and use the wonderful prayer attributed to St Francis below to help you face up to any difficulties you may face, or suffering in any those close to you. You can make a difference and Our Lord will amplify anything you do in His name, often without you knowing.