And because lawlessness will be increased, the love of many will grow cold.
One of the most if not the most tragic signs of the end of the age is one we tend to overlook the most-hearts in which love has grown cold. The Christian heart, indwelt by the Holy Spirit is to be ablaze with love for God and love for others. But as we witness the strategies of the Evil One being played out across the land, we understand that perhaps his primary goal is to replace the flame of a heart filled with the love of God with the icy resolve of love for self.
True agape love as it is understood within the context of the Trine God is always “other than.” The Father says of the Son, “Your throne, O God, is forever.” The Son says to the Father, “I will tell of your name to my brothers; in the midst of the congregation I will sing your praise.” The Spirit glorifies the Son as God’s love is poured out in our hearts, and we cry, “Abba!” And then ultimately we see God’s “other than love” realized in the person of Jesus who gave himself for and to us. This heart of humility, preference , and sacrifice as seen in Christ is to burn within us. We are to have the same disposition as was found in Jesus who, “though he was God, did not demand and cling to his rights as God, but laid aside his mighty power and glory, taking the disguise of a slave and becoming like men. And he humbled himself even further, going so far as actually to die a criminal’s death on a cross.” This is a heart on fire with love! A stark contrast to the cold, self-centered heart we see on display in many who name the name of the Lord today.
Now the Holy Spirit tells us clearly that in the last times some will turn away from the true faith; they will follow deceptive spirits and teachings that come from demons.
Sadly, even now many of us are being deceived and have grown cold as deceptive spirits and demonic teachings insinuate themselves into our hearts. One characteristic that is always present in a heart grown cold is the emphasis on “my, me, and mine.” As lawlessness increases the heart can be taken captive by “causes, movements, and things.” The sad result is a heart that once burned with the love of God and others becomes a cold heart that loves itself more than anything or anyone.
Fortunately, when it comes to “Operation Cold Heart,” we have been provided with a fullproof defense: “Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful.”
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Well put! The term “hard heart” is what I have been saying and realizing is so present among us…and way more so among those I would call brothers and sisters in Christ. Especially among those that are “standing up against what is wrong.” How do we get so far astray as to go fighting against the darkness instead of speaking Truth and Light into the darkness? The answer to that is way to familiar I guess…..we haven’t gotten far from the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. I spent most of my so called Christian life in that black and white area that most prophetic people live in until the Light of His Love shines into that place that sets us free from the old tree living and frees us to draw out of and live from the Tree Himself. Years ago either I or a friend had a dream and in it there was a man that was preaching on a soap box and in the dream the Word of the Lord was so clearly said….Don’t preach against the darkness…shine the Light into it. There are many whose hearts hate the light we know from scripture but we really don’t know who out in this dark world long for the True Light to shine and penetrate their darkness. I read a post today of a black man who through befriending KKK members has seen 200 KKK members come to the Lord…..so may we be found Living in the Light of His Love and penetrating the darkness instead of protesting and violently objecting and criticizing those in the dark and decisions made in the dark.