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Why Love Grows Cold.

“Because lawlessness will multiply, the love of many will grow cold. But the one who endures to the end will be saved. This good news of the kingdom will be proclaimed in all the world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.” Matthew 24:12-14 CSB


Why does lawlessness multiply? Because right and wrong are not taught and enforced, everyone does what is right in their own eyes. In addition, those who know what is right but fail to love God have no power to do what is right, for the Holy Spirit dwells in him who loves Jesus and seeks to please Him. The result of lawlessness is increasing indifference to the consequences of such actions. Whether people hurt themselves or hurt others, observers are hardened for both they believe deserve their consequences. One gets paid for the evil they do, the other for being where evil was prevalent. Love is cold because people become increasingly insensitive to the consequences of sin they see everywhere. Is this not what we see in America on an ever-increasing scale? The solution is the gospel, sharing the love of Jesus and teaching obedience to Jesus. People need to know that God loves them unconditionally. Though our sins are as scarlet and prevalent everywhere, Jesus can pardon and remove all of our sins from us and break their power over us. This good news must be shared by the few who still believe it. It must be taught at home and in the marketplace. Those who believe must then be trained to obey Jesus. There are right and wrong, and God defines them in His word. His word must be taught, read, studied, understood, and obeyed. At home and in the marketplace, obedience to Jesus must be our highest priority, for when we obey Him, we demonstrate we love Him, and when we love Him, we will love our neighbor as ourselves. We will then cease to be lawless, and we will cease to be indifferent to the pain of those who do not follow Jesus.

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