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2 Thessalonians 2 - Key

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That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.

One of my friends was talking about this Sunday morning, how this verse speaks about a terrible judgment, and the last part of the verse speaks of having pleasure in unrighteousness. My friend also brought up Romans 1:32, which says Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them. He said something to the effect that it is not just being directly personally involved in sin that we have to worry about, but also how we stand on the sidelines.

I've often been convicted by 2 Timothy 3:4, which speaks of people who are lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God. Instead, we should be like Moses, Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season; (Hebrews 11:25)

Application

When I'm tempted to sin for the pleasure of it (for example, being lazy and sleeping in too late, or wasting time watching a video when I should be doing my homework,) I'll remember that true lasting pleasure is found in going the Lord's way.

Psalm 37:4
Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.
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