Friday, June 22, 2012

Lovers Of Pleasure

The Bible says that in the last days perilous times shall come.  For men shall be lovers of their own selves...lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God.
2 Timothy 3:1,4 

Many people preach and believe that we need to learn to love ourselves.  I think all sin comes down to selfishness, thinking about ourselves more than others.  The more we learn to not think about ourselves and think of others instead, the happier we become. 

Yes, we need to understand that we are worthy.  We are children of God.  We are righteous because of what Christ did for us.  We need to comprehend who we are in Christ.  He lives inside of us and loves us so much and then move on with the confidence we have in Christ.  Once we understand who we are in Christ, we can be free to take our eyes off ourselves and give ourselves to others.

Society pursues pleasure.  They think pleasure is in drinking,  having sex with whoever they want, watching filthy movies and television shows that entertain them, essentially, doing whatever feels good. 

The more I have walked with Jesus, however, I find true pleasure comes from doing things God's ways.  Drinking a glass of wine once in awhile in moderation.  Sex with one man in the bonds of marriage.  Watching wholesome movies on gmc and Hallmark.  Dwelling on the lovely, the good, and the pure.

What really brings the most pleasure, however, is learning to love, serve, and give.  This is the way that Jesus taught us to live.  He knows what is best for us.  He made us.

So as society continues down the broad path that leads to destruction with self-love and self-pleasure, let's go in the opposite direction with loving others earnestly and seeking the good and the lovely in life.  Let's continue to be salt and light while it is still considered the day and make a difference in this world.

Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world.
If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.
I John 2:15