"...the love of many shall wax cold."
What a day we live in! Evil is not just declared good but has become good in the eyes of nearly all that draw a breathe; just like good, especially the Gospel, has become evil to those multitudes who do not know God and are not known by Him. This is readily apparent outside the "church" and is increasingly prevalent in the "church." Judges 21:25 "In those days there was no king in Israel; everyone did what was right in his own eyes." The only difference between then and now is the date on the calendar. Sad. Jer. 16:11 & 12 "Because your fathers have forsaken Me...walked after other gods...and you have done worse than your fathers, for behold , each one follows the dictates of his own evil heart so that no one listens to Me." How many people do you know that REALLY listen to God, obey His commands, walk with Him, and honor Him with their life and mouth? Few. Even more sad.
There is an insidious cold that has creeped into the visible church long ago. It has produced 'pastors' and 'teachers' devoid of the knowledge of the Scriptures, but more importantly devoid of salvation as well. Those in the pew sit and ingest their fantasy doctrines week after week and are themselves bereft of biblical truth on a massive scale. A scant few are actually saved but with no real spiritual food their growth is stunted, arrested, and even at a complete standstill. The rest seem satisfied with the status-quo as they march their way to hell thinking they are doing God a service.
So I ask where is the love of the Word of God? Why is it not read every day without fail? Why is there no desire to be taught by the Holy Spirit the very treasures of the Lord Jesus? Why would anyone born of God be satisfied with the pig slop that is generated from their favorite apostate's pulpit? If you love the Word then cherish it closely and thank God for His gracious gift of loving His Word. Those that really love His Word don't have to be told to read it, or cherish it, or be thankful for it---that's as automatic as breathing.
After the Lord Jesus rightly praises the Church at Ephesus He then speaks the most chilling words to those same people: "Nevertheless I have this against you, that you have left your first love." This cuts deep into my heart and may it always do so. Do we 'fight the good fight' only to disappoint the One that died and rose again for us by our love growing cold? God forbid!!! Wading through the cesspool of false brethren takes it's toll, why not run to Him for our comfort---He is ALWAYS there! It is sometimes even more difficult to attempt to reason with those who fancy themselves to be "Christian", who demand that they be accepted as such when their fruit (lies, double talk, hypocrisy, partiality, etc.) totally belies their mouth's statement. It is sad to see those that feign believership all the while practicing the tactics of satan to promote their own sick agenda. These same people will scream 'unloving' or 'judgmental' or 'unacceptable tone' in an effort to silence their target, demanding that love be shown when they themselves show no love for anyone except themselves and their likeminded peers. [Talk about cold!] May it please the Lord to open the eyes of His chosen ones to the tactics used by the wicked one.
People say persecution has yet to reach our shores, but the real believers have suffered for decades and it is getting worse really fast. It is not to be found in the capitulating churches and their pulpit jackals, but in those who dare to speak the truth whether the crowd thinks their words are "loving" or not. These "love card" peddlers know nothing of the love that is generated from the One who is Love. Their idea of love coddles the sin and the sinner and is more concerned with not hurting someone's feelings than it is in defending the faith once for all delivered to the saints. News flash: the Cross is supposed to offend! If He were as concerned with our "feelings" as many would have us believe then why does the horror of our sins overtake us when the Spirit first reveals our true self---our sins--- to us? This He does so that the magnitude of the sacrifice of His Son will be enhanced to the max. The real Love that is God does not pat us on the back, give us a hug and tell us it's going to be all better, NO! His Love provided our need of the sacrifice of His Son; not to sooth our feelings, but to righteously grant salvation to His elect. Rom.5:8. Too many of these 'love card' folk sacrifice truth for the sake of a person's emotions. But thanks be to God when He wreaks havoc on our emotions because it's only to show us His mercy. It can be gut-wrenching, lasting for weeks into months, but for those who know His mercy and love they would not delete a milli-second of it. Is not His Love and Mercy all the more precious when we realize that we don't deserve it, did nothing to gain it, can't keep it with effort, and all that He does for us is a gift simply because He loves us? Lord help us, we are but dust.
"Afresh, precious, precious Jesus, I resign this body to You, for doing or suffering, for living or dying. Will You accept it? Will You use me for Your glory more than heretofore, that You may have some little return for all the benefits You have done to me? Oh, do grant this request; my heart longs for it, my spirit pleads for it; and "if You will, You can." You know the hot temptation of which I am the subject. Bring Your glory out of it, and keep me from the evil, and it shall be well." - Ruth Bryan