Matthew 24:12 “And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.”
The newness of any relationship has a passion that excites and endears. Some call it the ‘honeymoon phase.’ Once that disappears, true love has the opportunity to grow.
The newness of the job wears off once we begin to find it routine.
The newness of clothes, computers, phones, and technology fades when they become ordinary.
The first weeks of salvation can be some of the most exciting as all things new begin to unfold. Truth revealed can be awe-inspiring, wondrous, and enthralling to discover. Jesus warns His disciples and us that our love can grow cold because of the abundance of sin.
Grace is given for us to overcome this abundance of sin.
Romans 5:20 “Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound“
Grace is always present and available to us. We must ask. We must realize that God’s grace can handle any situation, no matter how impossible
2 Corinthians 12:9 “And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.”
Yet, the assault on Christianity today has increased exponentially. This author believes Satan realizes his time is short and is doing everything to blind the eyes of the lost and destroy any and every opportunity for the gospel to be given.
It behooves us, God’s children, to keep our hearts engaged and connected to our power source.
Proverbs 4:23 “Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.“
The admonition in Jude is pertinent for us to heed today.
Jude 20-21 “But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost, Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.”
So, how does one keep their heart with all diligence and in the love of God?
2 Corinthians 5:14-15 “For the love of Christ constraineth us; because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead: And that he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again.”
Recognizing our indebtedness to our Savior should generate a love that constrains us to want to serve, give back, and live for Him who first loved us. One of the keys to determining where our hearts lie in this matter is how all this affects us.
If the news and events of the day overtake our hearts and are gripped with fear, we have fallen for the devil’s trap. Peter stepped out of the boat by faith but sank because his faith faltered.
Matthew 14:31 “And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?”
Our love will grow colder as we forsake daily engagement with our Heavenly Father. We can be religious in our attendance to church, faithful to serve in our ministries, and still, have a heart that grows colder every day.
We never pause long enough to sincerely engage with God in our Bible reading and prayer. If we neglected the closest relationships the way we ignore God, they wouldn’t last very long.
We use God’s longsuffering as our fallback plan for being lazy. Sin and the cares of this world will choke out any love we may have and try to destroy us in the process.
Mark 4:18-19 “And these are they which are sown among thorns; such as hear the word, And the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things entering in, choke the word, and it becometh unfruitful.”
Seeing the work of God, many have fallen to the tricks of the devil, and their love grows colder. Many churches are closing, and others are just going through the motions, soon to die.
This love is personal work that must be done individually. I am responsible for how hot or cold my heart becomes. It is when we are lukewarm that is the most dangerous.
Revelation 3:15-16 “I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.”
We have a wonderful, loving Heavenly Father who wants to engage with His children on a personal basis. He already knows our situation and circumstances, so excuses won’t work with God.
When we hear preaching, when we read our Bible or pray, is our heart moved to tears over the lost?
Is our heart grieved over our sin?
Are we touched deeply when reading God’s Word?
Do we sense the presence of the Holy Spirit and hear His voice leading and guiding?
Taking personal inventory of our own hearts should be a daily routine. That what the writer of Proverbs meant to “keep thy heart with all diligence.”
Today, what is the temperature of your love? Is it hot, cold, or lukewarm? Wherever it is, it can always be hotter.
That all depends on your love for Him.