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God's Faithfulness, Mercy, and Love is All That Will Remain!

2 Peter 2:1-10 New International Version (NIV)

False Teachers and Their Destruction 2 But there were also false prophets among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you. They will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the sovereign Lord who bought them—bringing swift destruction on themselves. 2 Many will follow their depraved conduct and will bring the way of truth into disrepute. 3 In their greed these teachers will exploit you with fabricated stories. Their condemnation has long been hanging over them, and their destruction has not been sleeping. 4 For if God did not spare angels when they sinned, but sent them to hell,[a] putting them in chains of darkness[b] to be held for judgment; 5 if he did not spare the ancient world when he brought the flood on its ungodly people, but protected Noah, a preacher of righteousness, and seven others; 6 if he condemned the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah by burning them to ashes, and made them an example of what is going to happen to the ungodly; 7 and if he rescued Lot, a righteous man, who was distressed by the depraved conduct of the lawless 8 (for that righteous man, living among them day after day, was tormented in his righteous soul by the lawless deeds he saw and heard)— 9 if this is so, then the Lord knows how to rescue the godly from trials and to hold the unrighteous for punishment on the day of judgment. 10 This is especially true of those who follow the corrupt desire of the flesh[c] and despise authority. Bold and arrogant, they are not afraid to heap abuse on celestial beings;

Wed. December 16

God does not care about your “best life now.” God desires you to be with him in eternal life. Right now God desires faithfulness, mercy, and love. Peter warns that false teachers and prophets will “bring in destructive” teaching that is completely against the Gospel of Jesus. That destructive teaching tempts us to pursue personal pleasure, success, and power rather than seeking to be faithful, loving, kind, merciful and forgiving. As an example: would you rather be right or forgive? Would you rather be in control or serve? The reason why pursuing selfish pleasure, power and gain is so appealing is that it seems like the truly bad people in this world are “getting away with murder.” However, as Peter reminds us, God will bring an end to evil. In the end all that will remain is God’s faithfulness, mercy, and love. If you do not want all that you can try to pursue pleasure now, but it might not last very long.

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