Cold Love: When the Love Of Most Grows Cold
In my last few posts I have been discussing revival as it relates to Love. I’ve sought the Lord about this and feel like He’s revealed a huge assault on our experience of revival. Most Christians know that unless we experience a revival in this world, we will never see change. We are not going to vote in change, change is going to happen through revival. And I showed how loving our neighbor is just as important as our renewed love for God. The two great commandments that encapsulate the whole of the Law and the Prophets is to Love the Lord your God and to Love your neighbor as yourself. I can’t have One without the other.
Dear friends, we must love each other because love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born from God and knows God. The person who doesn’t love doesn’t know God, because God is love.
1 John 4:7-8 GW
I see the biggest hindrance to an end time revival is cold love.
“And because lawlessness will abound, the love of most will grow cold. But he who endures to the end shall be saved.”
Cold Love in A Crazy World
Our world seems to be on a crazy train where lawlessness is exponentially leaping beyond all of our previous bounds. And in the middle of our greatest need for revival, the enemy is assaulting us from within our own hearts. He knows that unless we have love for one another, we will never see revival. What better way to prevent this than to tempt us towards cold love.
“For the love of most shall wax cold.” The love that Christ refers to here is AGAPE love – God-sourced love. And because of the increase of wickedness, those who should have God-sourced love will wane, but he who endures (in love) until the end will be saved.
Wickedness rises when those who should love, resort to self-protection instead. It’s self-love to self-protect, and I say this as one who has in the past closed the doors of my heart to not be hurt again. But this is not God; on the contrary, it is satanic hatred. I have learned that I can’t close off my heart to the world in self-protection and not also close it off to God, who created that world. Unfortunately, when I do this, I begin to accuse and hate Him as the source of the problems. Only with an open loving heart can I face a fallen world with His grace. While everything in me says, “Protect, retreat, fortress!” the actual solution is to open up and love.
Cold Love a WMD (Weapon of Mass Destruction)
Do you see why cold love is such an effective weapon of mass destruction? If the devil can get me to close off my heart and allow it to become cold, then I will be a tool that prevents revival rather than receiving it. I have to be open to loving, both God and others, for revival to come. If I am in the cold love of self-love, I prevent that revival from coming through me and touching those around me.
Revival is LOVE! Revival happens when we have abounding love for God and open love for others. I might be tempted to withhold my love, prevent my love from happening, and remain safe in a loveless corner, but only Love sees revival. As scary as love is to embrace, being loveless is so much more frightening!