Dear friends, Last weekend we spent our Saturday attending a wonderful bible study convention. The whole day was filled with worship and learning. There were several talks that touched me deeply and really made me want to make change’s in my life to become even closer to our Creator. I loved the deep spiritual thoughts they brought to me and I really wanted to share them with all of you!
Several of the most beautifully presented talks focused on Love. One of them focused the theme on the scripture at Matthew 24:12: “and because of the increasing of lawlessness, the love of the greater number will grow cold.”
Hatred is one thing that’s cold, but apathy is the absense of all feeling, just simply not caring, and its so very icy cold!
Being made in God’s image everyone wants to be loved, but in this world of lawless men and apathetic people, love has cooled, its grown cold, and even frozen over. The loving speaker gave the illustration of this world being like a deep freeze, if someone spends too long in its icy cold, they will eventually die.
And the same can happen to us, if we spend too much time keeping our focus on worldly pursuits, anxieties of living, and the fear of lawlessness men, our love for God and our faith can grow cold or freeze over with apathy too. At Revelations 2:4 there were those that left the love they had for spiritual things and gave up on worship.
There is also the cold freeze of troubles we all face, being freely forgiving and not giving in to judgement is hard for everyone. We humans tend to hold grudges when we’re hurt and then we start fault finding, looking for weaknesses and imperfections so that we have excuses to despise others. BUT when we don’t forgive and when we judge others, we block the Holy Spirit from flowing through us to others. Thinking about losing that flow makes you feel a little bit cold inside doesn’t it?
1John 4:20, 21 “If anyone says “I love God”, and yet is hating his brother, he is a liar. For the one who does not love his brother, whom he has seen, cannot love God, whom he has not seen. And we have this commandment from him, that whoever loves God must also love his brother.”
Mark 11:25 says that if we don’t forgive our brothers their imperfections, God will not forgive us our sins. And Romans 2:1 let’s us know that if we judge others, we will be judged in the same way. God asks us to “forgive freely” even if we have cause, “just as He freely forgave us.” (Colossians 3:13)
The greatest antidote we have against the cold freeze of apathy, and the way to keep the Spirit flowing though us, is the loving warmth of the two greatest commandments, which are to love God with our whole heart, soul, mind and strength, and to love our neighbors as we love ourselves. (Matt 22:37-39) If we can keep these golden rules as our goal then we can surely help fight the freezing cold loss of love in this world, we will feel Gods gracious spirit flow through us to shine our bright, warm, loving light on everyone we meet. Matt 5:14,16
Mum and Me