Love of Most Will Grow Cold

Love of Most Will Grow Cold

I have a question out there for the Lord. Is happiness only found when love is present? Do we only experience happiness, more specifically true joy, when there’s the presence of love?

I know that the presence of love affects every aspect and element of our lives. For example, my cooking is best when I love the process. When cooking is a labor, the food tastes like it. But when my food is produced out of a place of love, it’s delicious.

Again I ask my question, “Can there actually be joy in our lives without love?” When there’s no love present, I can walk about with a scowl on my face. I’m just angry in general. Maybe that’s because life is a labor and the labor that is not of love is drudgery. Tasks performed from duty may give me a sense of satisfaction when completed, but I don’t have joy. I can even have the elation of relief that the task is complete, but is there that floatie presence of joy? No!

So I asked my question again, “Is happiness only found when love is present?” I’ve written on this blog the difference between joy and happiness.  And as I’ve stated, I believe happiness is in happenings, where joy is in the presence of our Lord. But LOVE—is it the source of our joy? Yes! Life without love is just a list of to-dos, have-tos, and mundane tasks. Love infuses this life with radiance regardless of the tasks at hand.

Love Of Most Will Grow Cold

Love of Most will grow cold
Is this world becoming so intolerable because the love of most is growing cold? Does the absence of love make this big blue marble just horrific? Is the rise of violence, rage and entitled anger increasing because love is ebbing from our world? As the end of the age draws closer and closer, and the masses of people shut their hearts and become selfish and demanding, does our life pursuit of love and joy become more remote? No! Less evident, yes, but not remote.

“And because lawlessness will abound, the love of most will grow cold. But he who endures to the end shall be saved.”
Matthew 24:12-13

The King James Version of these verses says, “the love of most shall wax cold.” The love that Christ refers to here is AGAPE love – God-sourced love. Because of the increase of wickedness, those who should have God-sourced love will wane, but he who endures to the end shall be saved. This is because when self-love rises, so does wickedness. And self-love and God-love can’t coexist. They’re actually polar opposites.

Love Of Most Will Become Self Love

Love of Most will become self love
If we don’t have the presence of love in our lives, we’ll begin to compensate ourselves with self-love. When we believe the presence of love has failed us, we become bitter, angry, and aggressive. We justify our selfishness. This concoction of fury is a cauldron of wickedness, and more and more this is what we’re finding in our world.

Love gives us joy. When God’s purposed agape fills our lives, tasks become opportunities, projects team with life and everything radiates vivacity. I don’t walk about as a hothead ready to blow at every inconvenience.

At times I’ve lived loveless, and it’s miserable for everyone I encounter and me. I’ve also had His love course through my being and everything glimmers. I can tell you that the latter is my preference.

In the past I have let the increase of loveless deeds cause me to self-protect. As I have withdrawn my heart, I noticed a frightening thing. The more I closed my heart, my heart cooled. A heart is required to stay open in order for it not to grow cold. We have masses of cold-hearts because we have masses retreating to save themselves. This just doesn’t work. If I close my heart, I join the source of the problem. The love of most growing cold!

Catastrophes, false prophets, loveless angry people, and the increase of lawlessness will precede Christ’s return. As for me, I wish to remain in love and evince the presence of His love. This happens only when I refuse to close my heart to a loveless world.

Love of Most Versus Christ’s Love

Love of Most vesus Christ's Love
Christ came as the Lamb—vulnerable, unguarded, and sacrificial. Christ loved in the face of vehement hatred. This didn’t make Him a doormat, rather dependent on the Father. Christ was indwelt by the Father’s agape love towards a hateful world. Jesus now wishes to indwell me with the same love for my world.

As people become self-consumed and self-serving, entitled and violent, His Spirit in me can be different. I’m dependent on His life to express His love towards the unlovely, but he who endures shall be saved. His love and joy makes this world delightful, not only for me, but also for those who encounter Him through me.

“I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. As I have loved you, you should also love one another.”
John 13:34

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    • sue

      Oh may I also “refuse to close my heart to a loveless world”…..just as Christ was indwelt with the Father’s love may I be also…….Bless you John for this beautiful post.

      • Alex

        Agreed! Agreed! Agreed! I choose love.

    • LA

      Amen

    • Laurie

      Amen and very true. <3

    • Fabi

      Because of the increase of wickedness, those who should have God-sourced love will wane, but he who endures to the end shall be saved. This is because when self-love rises, so does wickedness.

      But, “Christ came as the Lamb—vulnerable, unguarded, and sacrificial”

      How much I needed this reminder today, the morning look in the mirror reflected the scowl. Without noticing I builded againg a fortress of self protection not out there from the world but the one indoors…

      Oh Lord, help us to endure to the end.

      Thanks John.

    • Sandy

      Once again – “Cristo Redentor” in Rio de Janeiro, “BRASIL”!!
      (I loved it!)

      ;P

    • rosemarie

      This post has truly showed me what is happening at this time with my own heart. I think its a natural self-protecting thing to close your heart in the face of increased actions of selfishness and loveless behavior of others. But to keep your heart open by forgiving others and still showing love is entirely different and also difficult to do. Thank you for this post.

    • Alex

      This is so timely. When I forget to fuel up with God’s love, I end up just like the world – hate filled and frustrated. But when I start at the Cross, and fill my empty cup with His incredible grace and love for me, that’s when I can feel His love for others. It really does all start with repentance, doesn’t it? Repentance leads to receiving His love, leads to loving yourself, leads to loving others. Oh, let’s all start at the Cross! And receive the grace He has for us there. Today, I am thankful for the precious Blood that won my freedom!
      Thanks, John!

    • Helen

      Thank you Alex for your beautiful comment! The Cross…the Love.
      The smallest pebble of choice to love, sends reverberations into the universe. There’s nothing inconsequential about love, nothing insignificant in the simplest flow of love. You can have everything & be in drudgery. You can have nothing & be in delight. Who’s world is this?! Love tells it! Love Lives it! Oh, what Love does in a heart…in countless facets & moments, in places that begged for love, deserving none. Compensate into self-love…or completion in His Love?! The context of life is in love. Love will last forever. “As I have loved you…love one another.” Who can fathom that miraculous infusion, as Love bends over a heart to shape it for Himself. Lamb-Love…

    • Majaunta

      Glory to His Name! This is the message for this hour. Thank you. We all need to hear this.

    • Richard Waters

      Love is a Person, God. Being one with Him, He in me as me, the only way love grows cold is for me to draw away. I make the choice to spend more time about myself than intimate time with Father. As the Song says, “Draw me and I will run after You”, is the constant intent of a searching heart that runs hot after the Lord.

    • Stacy

      Thank You for this. It hit me at a different angle that I so desperately needed. My Mom and Husband died a year ago, leaving me alone. The lack of the love we shared and the agony of the lack of all that love can be replaced and alive through Christ. Thank you.

    • Helen

      Thankful for each comment given, for the hearts so tenderly open. There are ways I’ve circled myself, around & around till it leaves me in a myopic world. “And self-love & God-love can’t co-exist.” In all of life God makes this evident. Self-preservation will encrust, not entrust. Wherever I held a ‘truth’ (about God, about me, man-made, or problem shaped) that displaced Love, Love stood His ground. Truth isn’t rigid reasoning; there is Love in Truth. Love is greater than feelings: demonstratively, expressively, purposed, with JOY set before it. Love is Reliable…in this world of danger…Christ’s Love indwelling is Reliable. It stands, in the face of anything & everything. “Love never fails.” “Love is stronger than death.” Love is the breaking forth tsunami that fearlessly frees to stand where nothing else can.” “Love one another”…to love in a loveless world begins & is nourished & released here, among us. It is beautiful, & filled with the wonder of “Christ in us, the hope if glory.”
      This is a word for the hour…thank you John.

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