We live in a fallen world and all people struggle with sin. While believers can tap into the power of the Holy Spirit to resist temptation, those who do not know Christ easily fall prey to the devil’s schemes. This is why verses 1-5 describe our modern times just as well as the ancient. The suffering and hurt in our world are a direct result of sins such as these. Also when we choose to go the opposite way and live a godly life following Jesus, we will experience persecution too.
Questions for further thought:
1. How do you feel when bad things happen to “good” people? Do you feel the need to blame someone?
2. How do you respond when people start to lose hope in the midst of the suffering in our world?
Challenge: Paul’s faith, patience, love, and endurance were evident to those around him, such as Timothy. (v. 10) Make it your goal to live out these godly traits with each person and/or situation you encounter the rest of this week.
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