1 But realize this, that in the last days difficult times will come. 2 For men will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, revilers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy, 3 unloving, irreconcilable, malicious gossips, without self-control, brutal, haters of good, 4 treacherous, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, 5 holding to a form of godliness, although they have denied its power… (2 Timothy 3).

What an ignominious list, yet three among them spawn them all: “lovers of self, lovers of money…lovers of pleasure” (“philautoi,” “philargyroi,” “philēdonoi”). Combine these three and all sorts of evil erupts. Yet, if we are true “lovers of God” (“philotheoi”), the entire list may be avoided.

As one can see, the common prefix before each word is “philo,” meaning “brotherly love”—as in Philadelphia, “the city of brotherly love,” or “the city of friendship.” So, the question is, who is our best friend in life? Who is our BFF? Is it ourselves? is it money? is it pleasure?—or is it God?

Lord, thank You for calling us Your friends! Help us This Day to live our lives in such a way that clearly shows You are our Best Friend Forever. Amen.