2 Timothy 3.2 and 3 - Because men will be ... insensitive,
We are in the series of "a" which in Greek means: absence of. The word "astorgos" can be translated as: without natural affection, asocial, insensitive, without tenderness, pitiless or cruel. Here, the word is contrasted with an emotional feeling that should normally be found in humans. Paul joins the words of the Lord Jesus: "The evil will spread to such a point that the love of many will grow cold" (Matthew 24:12).
The news is full of examples of various facts that come to demonstrate the veracity of this prophecy. The world goes from bad to worse and sinks more and more into the lack of love! Even where we would think to find it, there is only coldness and cruelty.
Unfortunately this phenomenon is found in the Church and in many Christian homes! How many are still sensitive to what is going on around them? How many can see unsustainable images without moving the eyebrows? How many can see misery and go their way as the priest and the Levite of the parable of the good Samaritan? How many can display their "blessings" without being moved by the sufferings of their brothers and sisters? I'm not judging, I'm just making a statement!
"Have in you the feelings that were in Jesus Christ," Paul tells us (Philippians 2.5). Did He not show the example of a God involved, compassionate and sensitive? Has he never been moved by difficult situations? Did He never cry? Has He ever exteriorized his feelings, whether they are happy or sad? The Lord Jesus showed us the way: "Love one another as I have loved you" (John 13:34).
My beloved, if the people of God do not show His love, who will do it? I do not speak of sentimentality that is of no use but a real compassion that makes us leave our comfort zone. Just open your eyes and you will see that today it is quite possible for you to bring the love that God has shown you to one of his creatures!
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