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2 Peter 2:12-14

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Indulging in our every desire will surely lead to destruction:

“But these people, like irrational animals born by nature for capture and destruction, revile things that they do not understand, and in their destruction they will also be destroyed, suffering wrong as payment for wrongdoing. Thinking daytime revelry a delight, they are stains and defilements as they revel in their deceits while carousing with you. Their eyes are full of adultery and insatiable for sin. They seduce unstable people, and their hearts are trained in greed. Accursed children!” -2 Peter 2:12-14, NAB

Peter continues to warn us of the condemnation that will come to those who delight in revelry.

There is little to say about this verse that it does not say itself.  The world is full of those who indulge in their sinful lifestyles, instead of avoiding it.  Adultery, greed, and other sins of the flesh take over their lives, and they deny the destruction that this will eventually lead to.

In the Western world, we have been taught that indulging in our sinful lifestyles is not just a choice, but our “right.”  We have the right to live as we please.  We have the right to indulge in sinful lifestyles, as long as it does not hurt anyone else.  Well, most of the time, it does hurt someone else.  Adultery always hurts those we love.  Greed may line our pockets for the moment, but it also takes pennies from the poor.  And, even if it hurts no one else, it will hurt us.  If we engage in sinful acts, our choices will eventually come back in ways we never expected.

Do not give in to your sinful ways.  We all sin; there is little doubt about it, but that is no excuse to stop trying to live a right and just life.  Following the ways of Christ and avoiding the sins Peter is telling us about here in this verse can be difficult, but it is definitely worth the effort.  Stop making excuses for yourself.  When you are being judged before God, do you really want to be rattling off a list of excuses?  I don’t.  I am far from perfect, but that does not mean that I am not going to try to be.

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