Father God, thanks for making us aware that there are many types of persecution outside of and within Your church. Help us to move forward being and doing what You have for us to be and do regardless of the counterfeit standards of society and the church. Help us to grieve that 2Timothy 3 lists negative attributes that are within the church and that it’s many times not possible to distinguish between those that call themselves Yours and those that aren’t. Help us to appropriately deal with worldly smugness and spiritual smugness and remain faithful to You and Your way. Help us to follow Jesus, who is our example, and be totally Yours regardless of the persecution Jesus warned His followers would surely occur. In Jesus’ name, amen.
But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away! 2Timothy 3:1-5