I was talking to a friend of mine a couple of weeks ago. Specifically, she was discussing how “checked out” so many of her friends marriages are and expressing concern for her own marriage, family and friends. People that others have admired for so long are just living the life, flirting with and messing around with other people, cheating, etc. and many don’t even seem to care. They don’t even seem to feel remorse. I told her that it reminds me of that verse about “the love of many will grow cold”. It’s been quite a while since I’ve actually looked that up though. Until this morning. Matthew 24 (NLT) says…
The disciples asked Jesus, “what sign will signal your return and the end of the world?” Jesus told them, “Don’t let anyone mislead you, 5 for many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am the Messiah.’ They will deceive many. 6 And you will hear of wars and threats of wars, but don’t panic. Yes, these things must take place, but the end won’t follow immediately. 7 Nation will go to war against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in many parts of the world. 8 But all this is only the first of the birth pains, with more to come.
9 “Then you will be arrested, persecuted, and killed. You will be hated all over the world because you are my followers.[b] 10 And many will turn away from me and betray and hate each other. 11 And many false prophets will appear and will deceive many people. 12 Sin will be rampant everywhere, and the love of many will grow cold. 13 But the one who endures to the end will be saved. 14 And the Good News about the Kingdom will be preached throughout the whole world, so that all nations[c] will hear it; and then the end will come.”
Y’all… I’ve heard preachers talk about end times and the last days for 15 years especially with respect to wars and earthquakes. BUT, I can tell you this. I have personally seen many turn away from God (even myself at times). I have seen sin become rampant. I have seen many people who were once loving now grow cold. Soft hearts are now hardened. Even among some of the people I have always admired.
What does that mean for me? It’s a wake-up call. An acknowledgement that NO ONE is immune to the consequences of this fallen world. It’s a reminder that we really must guard our hearts, thoughts and actions during these crazy and difficult times. We need to stay faithful and stay soft-hearted. Because in these current days, sin is definitely rampant everywhere and the love of many is growing cold. And I hate that.
Lord, please forgive me for my sins and betrayals and the things that I have done that have hurt others. Teach me and show me how to love. Help me be the best version of myself that I can be for You, my family and whoever else may be watching. And please bring the right people into my life so that I may have mentors and guidance along the way.
Hugs and prayers from Texas y’all.