SOAP stands for Scripture, Observation, Application and Prayer. Today’s journal comes from reading 2 Timothy 3:2-4.
For men will be…lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God…” –2 Timothy 3:2-4
Lover of pleasure→root word is “hedone” from which we get “hedonism.” The belief that pleasure or happiness is the most important goal of life, thus to pursue or devote oneself to pleasure.
VS. Lover of God→To pursue and devote oneself to God; to love God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength
In what do I “take pleasure”: the sensual gratification of my own desires or in knowing God and advancing His cause? In these last days, more and more people are driven by lustful pleasure rather than love for God, truth and Biblical principles. Be alert to this tendency and make sure it does not defile pure love for Jesus.
Father, I do love You. When I slow down and consider You and Your ways, I desire to devote myself 100% to You. But the world’s offer of its own way of happiness can be so subtle and alluring. Might You have my heart each day and each hour as I deny myself to follow You fully and love You more dearly.
In Jesus’ name, Amen.