Signs of the Times: Characterless Generation

2 Timothy 3:1-5 NKJV
3 But know this, that in the last days [a]perilous times will come: 2 For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3 unloving, [b]unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, 4 traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, 5 having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away!
One of the hallmarks of the generation that will be living in the last days is their lack of godly character. Paul says that this will be a generation of people who are boastful and proud. This stems from deceptive self-love and is what we see a lot of today. A generation that thrives on showing off and taking pride in self achievements and possessions or abilities.
This will be a generation of blasphemers and disobedient to their parents. You only have to look around today to see how true this is. People no longer have a reverence for God or sacred things. Curse words are the order of the day even to the point of using the name of Christ as a curse word. What we call entertainment is filled with profane talk and blasphemy but we find nothing wrong with it. What is wrong has been made right and fashionable and what is right has been made wrong and old-fashioned.
Paul describes this generation as being unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, and lacking self-control.
This is what we see in the world today and if as a believer you are not intentional and consistent with your Christian walk, it is very easy to find yourself being swept by this wave of lawlessness.
You and I who know Christ must not be ignorant. Even as the Bible directs us, we must watch and pray. Watch to know the times and seasons we are living in and to have the discernment to know that these are the last days spoken of by Paul and others in the Bible. With this knowledge, then, let us be diligent to stay connected to Christ, to follow him, and to hide his word in our hearts. May we be humble in a proud and boastful generation. May we revere the name and the things of our God, walking in obedience to our parents, being thankful in all situations, and walking in holiness no matter what.
May we allow the fruit of the Holy Spirit to be evident in our daily life!
Galatians 5:22-23 NKJV
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 [a]gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.
Reflections
What are some of the things that have caused pride to be a major issue with this generation?
One of the things spoken about the last generation is that they will be unforgiving. Do you struggle with forgiving others? How do you handle conflict and disappointment?
How can you ensure that you show forth the fruit of the Spirit in your daily walk?
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