Because disobedience will expand, the love of many will grow cold. But the one who endures to the end will be delivered.
They will know we are Christians by our love but what happens when Christians “ain’t got no love?!” I know it’s a double negative but I wanted it to stand out. Christ followers with no love, it shouldn’t be!
More and more it seems like I’m running into Christians who have a form of godliness but no love or power to love. The ability to love is the distinguishing trait that sets us apart from every other religion. Our ability to show grace and mercy is a sure trait that connects us with Jesus. The love of Christ compels us to act with grace and mercy for those standing in need of it. Love conquers all but as Stevie Wonder said many years ago, “Love’s in need of love today.”
Why are there so many arguments amongst Christians? Why do we close a blind eye to injustice? Why won’t we stop and help people like we used to? How do we continue to act evil towards the poor, the orphans, the immigrants, and the widows? Everybody we hate in America are the very ones Jesus loved in the New Testament.
My mother and I were on our way to breakfast Saturday morning when we spotted a 13-yea- old white male with autism walking in the middle of the road barefoot in pajamas in 35-degree weather! We put our flashes on and followed him while calling 911. What happened next was remarkable. People started working together to help this young man reach safety. Black people, white people, poor people, rich people, joggers, car drivers, police, and civilians. For one moment in time it felt like Memphians had some love.
Jesus said, “In the last days that people’s hearts or their love would grow cold because of offense.”
What causes our love to grow cold?
- Lawlessness. God’s word is the standard for how we should live our lives. The greatest commandment in the Bible is this: LOVE the Lord your God with all your heart, mind, and soul and LOVE your neighbor as yourself! When we forsake God’s law to live the way we want to as opposed to the way we are supposed to; our love starts growing cold.
- Sin causes us to drift from God. You can’t stay warm if you’re drifting from the fire. God’s Holy Spirit is the fire! Paul told Timothy to fan into flames the gift of the Holy Spirit that is within him. When we sin or deliberately disobey God’s word we are in essence putting out the fire of God in our lives. As a result our ability to love others grows cold.
- Offense causes our love to grow cold. When people offend us and we don’t forgive them it clots up the blood of Jesus and our hearts grow cold. We stop trusting, communicating, and caring about relationships. We have to constantly check our hearts to make sure their are not any stones of unforgiveness in there or else our love will grow cold.
Offenses will come! People will hurt our feelings but it’s up to us to keep the love alive and our hearts free of offense through forgiveness and repentance.
If we have great abilities to speak in tongues but don’t have love; if we are the smartest people on our job but can’t love people right; if we are the most talented person on our team but don’t know how to relate to people in a caring way we don’t have anything!
Love conquers all. Church we have to get our love for God and others back!
The only objective of the church is this: LOVE GOD and LOVE PEOPLE MORE!
Give me the capacity to love the way Jesus loves people. He showed us how to love when he gave his life for us while we were yet sinning. Show us how to love people who are still acting in unloving ways. Show us how to love people who have offended us. Show us how to love after we’ve been wounded in relationships. Because we know that once we lose the ability to love then the fire of your Holy Spirit has already gone out. Renew the right spirit within us and show us how to love again.
In Jesus’ Name,