Summary: In all of these scenarios even to the point of murder, we hear about them in the news, we read about them on a social network, and the problem is, many of these are church going people!!!
2 Timothy 3:3-without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, (KJV)
3-unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, (NKJV)
3-They will be unloving and unforgiving; they will slander others and have no self-control; they will be cruel and have no interest in what is good. (NLT)
3-They will be consistent liars and troublemakers, and will think nothing of immorality, they will be rough and cruel and sneer at those who try to be good. (The Living Bible)
Unloving-William Barclay notes that the age of the Roman Empire was an age in which family love was dying. Never was the life of the child so precarious as at this time. Children were considered a misfortune. When a child was born, it was taken and laid at the father’s feet. If the father lifted it up that meant that he acknowledged it. If he turned away and left it, the child was literally thrown out. There was never a night when there were not thirty or forty abandoned children left in the Roman forum. Even Seneca, great soul as he was, could write: “We kill a mad dog; we slaughter a fierce ox; we plunge the knife into sickly cattle lest they taint the herb; children who are born weakly and deformed we drown.?”
When we find babies in dumpsters, and young children locked in closets, without food or water, not by strangers, but parents!!
Parents that are suppose to love them and take care of them, then we have a society that is unloving!!
The natural bonds of human affection had been destroyed.
It may be with some people it is un-natural for people to love God or the things and people of God, but it should be natural for them to love their own families.
A person who cares nothing for the welfare of those who should be closes to them, has deep issues.
For some people the only reason they care for, or hang around their families, is because what their families can do for them!!
Husbands and wives physically and emotional abusing one another, talking down to one another, criticizing one another!!!
Parents and children physically and emotional abusing one another, demeaning one another!!!
In all of these scenarios even to the point of murder, we hear about them in the news, we read about them on a social network, and the problem is, many of these are church going people!!!
Why am I telling you this? Watch how you talk to your love ones! Watch how you treat your love ones!
If we will pay attention to how we treat our love ones, many times we say things, awful things, hurtful things, harmful things to the people, we say, means the most to us!
Wonder what it would look like or sound like, if someone was videoing us 24/7, would it show us loving, or unloving towards our family?
Unforgiving-Not sure were I got these statements, but they hold a lot of truth, so I want to pass them on to you!
Because we all struggle with this thing of forgiveness!!
Forgiveness is not justification for inviting, permitting or rewarding continued violations, offenses or abuse.
Forgiveness does not absolve you of your responsibility to honor, esteem, respect — and protect — yourself.
You can let go of anger, bitterness and resentment, forgive debts and forget losses, and pardon or excuse violations and poor treatment without staying in unhealthy relationships.
Remember, someone can be in your heart and not be in your life!!!!
Sometimes you have to love people from a distance!!
As long as you tolerate what you don’t want, you’ll continue to get it, no matter how persistently and loudly you protest.
Just to throw this in, in case you can’t forgive your parents for how they raised you:
As J.K. Rowling once said: “There is an expiration date on blaming your parents for steering you in the wrong direction; the moment you are old enough to take the wheel, responsibility lies with you.”
Slanderers-Saying something that is false and damaging:
As one dog can start all the dogs to barking, so one person can start a whole group to gossiping
Mark Twain said, A lie can travel halfway around the world while truth is still lacing up her boots
Proverbs 20:19-He who goes about as a talebearer reveals secrets; Therefore do not associate with one who flatters with his lips. (NKJV)
Proverbs 20:19-A gossip tells secrets, so don’t hang around with someone who talks too much. (NLT)
In other words, don’t be that person, and don’t hang around a person like that!!
When a conversation starts off like this…"I hate to say this but did you hear…." or "I know I shouldn't be saying this to you but I don't know whom else to share this with, " or "Well, Janet told me, she overheard Jimmy telling Jack that...."