Before Jesus’ crucifixion, He had a long and deep conversation with His disciples about the end and the signs thereof. One of the major things He mentioned was that the love of many would grow cold. A whole lot was foretold to happen but I believe the downplay of love by many, is a major problem.
“And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.”Matthew 24:12
Love is a very crucial part of Christianity because God whom we worship is love…as in, it’s His very nature (1 John 4:7-8). As we learned last week, love is best proven to God through our obedience to Him and best shown to others in form of sacrifice-just as Jesus Christ did for us (John 3:16). When Jesus mentioned that the love of many would grow cold, it was a reference to believers.
Why does love have to be the target for the enemy? Why couldn’t it have been something else? It is because once the love defense of the Body of Christ is weakened, it’s easy to set in motion every other type of vice. (Proverbs 10:12; 1 Peter 4:8)
First of all, love singles out believers. The type of love we are called to give can only be given by someone who is in Christ Jesus. Anyone can live an upright life but love- the sacrificial and obedient type- is only attributed to those with His Spirit.
I mentioned earlier that it is easy to set in motion every type of vice when love is lost…this is the proof. Because our love for God is made evident in obedience, when that love is lost, people lose regard for God’s principles and dealings. Hence why Jesus preambles by talking about lawlessness. “…Lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold” Matthew 24:12
A decrease in love for God will result in an increase in lawlessness and the church is not immune to this. Matter of fact, this is directed to the church in particular.
When the love we ought to have as believers, towards others begins to dwindle or feel forced, unity becomes a problem and you know what they say, united we stand, divided we fall. Love is a great binding factor in the church because it brings about the move of God that is driven by compassion. A weak prayer life and weak faith are parts of the results of cold love. Prayer is communication with God and faith is trust in Him, love thrives on these things so when the flame is burned out, our trust level in God drops and so does our communication level. (Colossians 3:14)
However, a person’s love doesn’t just grow cold all of a sudden. It starts with compromise. When we compromise God’s standard of life for what is convenient for us, we create room for our love for God and towards others to grow cold.
It is important that we talk about this because one, love can never be overemphasized and two, we are in the end times so this matter is more glaring than ever. Jesus made mention of these things so that His disciples-and by extension us- would keep guard against it. This means the more we let it known to ourselves that such a phenomenon exists and we are to avoid it, the less likely we are to fall victims to it.
To avoid having your love wax cold, you will need to be more intimate with God with utmost intentionality. It is vital to stay off things of the world because love for God and things concerning Him can only grow cold when we begin to love things of the world. They are conflicting and only one can remain. Remember, you cannot serve two masters, neither can you love two masters at the same time. (1 John 2:15-17; Matthew 6:24)
“Here is something to tremble at: ‘Because iniquity shall abound,’ — that is worse than pestilence; ‘the love of many shall wax cold,’ — that is worse than persecution. As all the water outside a vessel can do it no hurt until it enters the vessel itself, so outward persecutions cannot really injure the Church of God, but when the mischief oozes into the Church, and the love of God’s people waxes cold, — ah, then the barque is in sore distress.”(C.Spurgeon)
~Spurgeon C. H. The complete works of Charles Spurgeon Volume 86: The sword and the Trowel 1883. Delmarva Publications, Inc.