They will betray their friends, be reckless, be puffed up with pride, and love pleasure rather than God (2Tim. 3:4).
Clearly stated as one of the signs of the end times is the attitude of people towards each other. Betrayal between friends will be a common thing as we approach the end of the age. I was a bit surprised that God is concerned about how we treat each other. This means there is a premium God places on faithfulness to mutual trust that happens in our relationships. Little wonder the scripture speaks about the righteous as a man who swears to his own hurt and does not change.
As I reflected on this verse, I couldn’t help but noticed the betrayal happening in marriage relationships now. The outright disregard for agreements in business relationships and the likes. It is clear that God is not on the side of a betrayal. This calls for reevaluation of the terms with which we enter into agreements. We are better of not engaging at a deeper level than betraying others.
Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil. Cling to what is good (Rom.12.9).
The admonition from Paul is that love should be sincere. While there might be reasons to separate from relationships, it should not come in the form of betrayal. The major thing we learn about Christ methods of managing relationships is to be committed to the end. He showed that on the Cross of Calvary. It is good to follow in His steps exhibiting trustworthiness in our friendship relationships.
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