And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold.
With the increasing senseless violence among America’s young men, this verse couldn’t ring more true in answering the why question.
Why did one young man stab to death another young man over a senseless fight?
Why are some parts of major cities with higher death tolls and less than some active deployed military zones?
Why did three young men shoot another man because they were bored?
Why did several young men beat to death a WWII Veteran?
Jesus was clear about the cause of horrific events such as these. He taught that the 1st and great command was to love the LORD God with all your heart, with all your mind and with all your soul and He followed with the second being like the first in that we should love our neighbor as ourselves. As simply as Jesus said, there is no love for God, others and ultimately according to Jesus no love for themselves in these situations.
The love we are to have is shown to us by Jesus throughout His life death and resurrection. Romans 5:8 exposes Christ’s love for us in that while we were still sinners He died for us. His love was a sacrificial love that cared more for us than it did for himself. He knows were lost, he came to find us and bring us back home. He died to exchange our sin for His righteousness.
A love like this reveals that we are valued. Something is only as valuable as who made it and how much someone is willing to pay for it. Realizing we are created by God and Jesus paid an impossible amount on the cross to redeem us to Him. He literally bought us out of our sin; even though He knew no sin He became sin so we could become His righteousness. As our creator and redeemer we are infinitely valuable to Him.
Realizing we are seen as valuable by God makes us value our own life as precious and to know that every other human on the planet is a creation of God makes us value those lives as well. Knowing Jesus sacrificed His life for us should give us this attitude in our own heart, that we would rather die ourselves than to see harm come to one of the people God created, let alone be the cause of that harm.
Times may seem dark and they are sure to get darker, maybe in our lifetime I am not sure, but I am sure that Jesus did not leave us in the dark. He goes on to say after revealing that the love of many will grow cold that the gospel of the kingdom of God would be preached in all the world.
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