This should be a great eye opener as we see the world around us and the evil in it. We know the truth but do we live the truth? This is the million dollar question. Are we deceived by what we are doing as followers of Christ? It says, “He will use every kind of evil deception to fool those on their way to destruction, because they refuse to love and accept the truth that would save them.”
We have to love and accept the truth, we just can’t believe it. We must let the Spirit change our hearts and help us transform. It will always be a struggle for us to surrender to the Spirit but the Spirit will always lead us to do right so it is important that we fill our heart with God’s wisdom and grow.
Look at what it says in verse 15, “With all these things in mind, dear brothers and sisters, stand firm and keep a strong grip on the teachings we passed on to you both in person and by letter.” Keeping a strong grip takes us wanting to be different and longing to know so we aren’t deceived by the man of lawlessness.
I say read verses 16-17 as a prayer to remember and live by. “Now may our Lord Jesus Christ Himself and God our Father, who loved us and by His grace gave us eternal comfort and a wonderful hope, comfort you and strengthen you in every good thing you do and say.” Amen