Matthew 24:12-13 NLT “Sin will be rampant everywhere, and the love of many will grow cold. But the one who endures to the end will be saved.”
We often forget that this is part of the sign of the end times; sin will be so rampant that people’s love will grow cold. Some people are as unfeeling as a rock. But has this happened to you? Has it happened to me? Can it happen to us without us even knowing it?😳
Revelation 2:4 NLT “But I have this complaint against you. You don’t love me or each other as you did at first!”
Right after commending the Ephesus church for their labor in the Lord, their patient endurance, not tolerating evil people, and their testing those claiming to be apostles but finding them out to be liars, right after commending them for all of these good things Jesus said to them, “But I have this complaint against you. You don’t love me or each other as you did at first!”😳 They had lost their first love. The church was in trouble, more trouble than they knew. How easy it is to get so caught up in spotting and exposing false prophets and not be practicing the love that God requires of us. How easy it is to get caught up in our good works, what we do for God, our spiritual projects, not tolerating evil people yet we don’t have the love we once had when we first believed. All this will be to no avail if we do not repent. We must have hot, burning, love for God and for one another.
THE PERFECT CHALLENGE
Matthew 5:47-48 NLT “If you are kind only to your friends, how are you different from anyone else? Even pagans do that. But you are to be perfect, even as your Father in heaven is perfect.”
Some may say, “I treat my brethren good all the time,” and that’s good but there’s more to be done Jesus says. He says we must be perfect as our Father in heaven is perfect. If we read Matthew 5:43-48 and get more context of the passage above we see that Jesus is teaching us what it means to be perfect in God’s eyes. Yes, PERFECT. Loving so hard that we love not only our brethren but even our enemies is what God considers perfection, and desires from us. This indeed is the perfect challenge. Satan’s goal is to make us as hard and unfeeling as a rock, to make us like him. What will we do? Will we grow and become like our Heavenly Father who makes his sun rise and His rain come down on His children and the wicked. Or will we become like Satan who doesn’t love anybody?😡 Yes indeed, this is the perfect challenge.
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