Does this sound like you or some people you know?
People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God— having a form of godliness but denying its power.
Admit it – you found yourself described here and I’m sure you saw some friends, family members, co-workers, even some people who profess to be Christian mentioned.
Sounds a lot like today’s world, but this was written around 64 A.D. by the Apostle Paul while he was imprisoned in Rome. He was writing to young missionary named Timothy who was Paul’s protege. (2 Timothy 3:1-5)
Paul ended this passage with, “Have nothing to do with them.”
If you’re feeling depressed, the last thing you need is to be hanging around negative people.
If you’re trying to change your ways and become a better person, find like-minded people who will encourage you. People who were where you are and managed to change their lives for the better. They may not be prosperous and living in the lap of luxury, but you’ll see that they are content with who they are and how they live.
Paul also wrote in his letter to the people of the church of Philippi who were concerned about Paul’s welfare while he was in jail,
“I rejoice greatly in the Lord that at last you have renewed your concern for me. Indeed, you have been concerned, but you had no opportunity to show it. I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do everything through him [Jesus] who gives me strength.” (Philippians 4:10-13)
You, too can be content simply by inviting Jesus into your life, striving to be like Him and hanging out with other Christians.