For the love of many

Published: Thursday, June 1, 2006 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, May 31, 2006 at 10:22 a.m.
For those of us who heed to the prophetic words spoken by Jesus himself, our hearts should be burning and filled with hope and joy of his imminent coming to catch away his Church.
As we move through the spiral of times predestined by God the Father, we find ourselves right on schedule for Christ's glorious appearing, which is called the believer's blessed hope, known to many as the rapture of the Church.
The Bible is very clear that no one knows the day nor the hour that the Son of Man will come, but thanks be to God he has given his saints a prophetic outline of signs and events that will mark his second coming. For the serious student of eschatology, we are aware of the signs and events that are given to us from the book of Matthew Chapter 24, Mark Chapter 13, and Luke 17 and 21 chapters.
While it is true that most of the signs given to us have been going on for years or just as long as man has been around, there is one significant clue that Jesus warns us of concerning the nearness of his coming.
He prophesied in Matthew 24:8 that when we see all these signs happening at the same time, this is the beginning of sorrows.
For the sake of this article, I would like to deal with just one of these signs spoken to us by Jesus in Matthew 24:12. He says that the love of many shall wax cold. Jesus is saying that genuine love that people would have for one another would be no more.
Love that a husband has for his wife and the love a wife has for her husband would be no more. Love between brother and sister, love between a mother and daughter and love of a father and son would be no more.
Sad to say, but a spirit of coldness has swept and is sweeping through the Body of Christ as we speak and it is evident by the deterioration of the institution of marriage and family. Sad but true, the divorce rate in the Body of Christ is higher than the divorce rate in the secular world.
Many in the Body of Christ have lost their first love, in other words they have lost respect and honor for God and the things of God. God rarely allows divorce. He hates it. Even when someone has committed sin, God wants us as Christians to restore them, but because of the hardness of the heart, we find this too difficult to do. Instead of humbling ourselves and submitting to the authority of God, we make a conscious decision to satisfy our flesh rather than pleasing God.f-z Because we have been hurt in some way by someone, we just can't find a way to look beyond their faults and see their needs.
Let me flip the script. What if the love of God waxed cold toward us? What if God said, "I'm tired of dealing with a rebellious people?"
Through all the signs that we see happening in the world, Jesus gives us hope in the midst of the troubles yet to come. In Matthew 16:18, he gives us a promise that we must rest and stand firmly upon. No matter what takes place in the world, no matter what comes against the church, the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. Yes, weapons will be formed, but they will not prosper.
We need to remember if God is for us, then who can be against us.
We as Christians must continue to pray, encourage, exhort and most importantly love one another as well as those outside the gift of grace that the Father promised through his Son Jesus Christ.
Carlos Mandrell is a minister at Mount Moriah Missionary Baptist Church.

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