“ …love of many will grow cold…but he who endures…”
Matt. 24:12-13: “And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold. But he who endures to the end shall be saved.” Jesus said this concerning the end times.
[Lawlessness: wickedness, iniquity, doing as we please, unrighteousness]
Let me learn to endure patiently, Lord, and endure to the end. Let me learn to commit all things to you, and wait for your salvation to the end. May not love grow cold in my heart, Lord. May I be spared from the power of lawlessness that abounds in these end times. If my love for people is growing cold, Lord, show me, so I may repent. If there is lawlessness in my life, Lord, show me, so I may repent. May I be among the few whose love shall endure to the end. May grace abound towards your servant (Rom. 5:20), while lawlessness abounds in the world. May my heart be preserved in grace: loving righteousness and hating lawlessness, Heb. 1:9. Amen.
● When we read that the “love of many will grow cold,” we know that it is an experience among God’s children. Note the word “many” — there will be a few who will keep their love from growing cold. This gives us faith to look to God. “Lord, fill my heart with your love,” let us pray, and keep on praying. As we pray for God’s love to fill our heart, the Spirit will fill our heart (Rom. 5:5), and the Spirit will draw us away from the lawless living that is engulfing not only the world but also the Church.
● How may we be preserved from the spirit of lawlessness? It is written of Jesus in Heb.1: 9: “You have loved righteousness and hated lawlessness; Therefore God, Your God, has anointed You with the oil of gladness more than Your companions.” Jesus Christ “loved righteousness and hated lawlessness.” The spirit of Christ — meekness and lowliness of heart (Matt. 11:29-30; Phil. 2:8) — will empower us with grace (1 Pet.5: 5) to endure unto the end.
Quote: Made Perfect by Love – Church Father Clement
“By love have all the elect of God been made perfect; without love nothing is well-pleasing to God. …All the generations from Adam to this day have passed away; but those who, through the grace of God, have been made perfect in love, now possesses a place among the godly, and shall be made manifest at the revelation of the kingdom of Christ…. Blessed are we, beloved, if we keep the commandments of God in the harmony of love…”
Clement (A.D. 30 – 100) — seems to have been at Philippi with Paul, A.D. 57.
The First Epistle of Clement to the Corinthians, the Ante-Nicene Fathers Vol. 1
Testimony: Luke 21:19: “By your patience possess your souls” – This verse has been in my heart from my youth. I have had to repent often and learn patience in my trials. I have joy in learning patience. I often recall the examples of saints I knew who endured patiently, and I long to follow their examples.
Memory Verse: 2 Thess. 3:5: “And the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God, and into the patient waiting for Christ.”
Topic for Prayer: for persecuted Christians in the Middle East. Christians are being massacred and driven into exile.
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