Hello [subscriber:firstname | default:Beloved],
Our Lord Jesus Christ is coming back soon and all the warning signs are here. Among these signs that the Bible quotes, one particularly catches my attention today: the lack of love so palpable in the times of the end. The Darby version of Matthew 24:12-13 says this: “…And because lawlessness shall prevail, the love of the most shall grow cold; but he that has endured to the end, he shall be saved”. So, only those who have kept love to the end will have salvation.
It is important to know that for the devil, love is fearsome. The devil is not afraid of our readiness to go to church or read the Bible. Rather, he fears love. It is the weapon of walking in love that will give you victory over the adversaries in the end times.
1 Corinthians 13:1-3 makes it clear to us: without love, your speaking in tongues, your gift of prophecy, your knowledge and skills, your faith that can move mountains would be useless. The same is true for your many donations to the poor and other works of charity, your many spiritual warfare, your many miracles, and any other sacrifice: without love, all things are in vain.
For everything you do for God to be effective, be careful not to forget the ultimate weapon of love. Do you want to be a champion in prayer? A prophet whose predictions and proclamations are powerfully fulfilled? Show love!
The characteristics of the love the Lord is talking about are clarified in 1 Corinthians 13:4-7. Are you impatient with certain circumstances in life? Do you get upset in a traffic jam or when someone or even the Lord makes you wait? Do you often get angry? Are you full of pride? Do you find it hard to forgive your neighbor? If your answer is yes, know that you need love.
Adam and Eve’s oldest son, Cain, made an offering to God. However, God did not accept it because his heart was filled with hatred and jealousy towards his brother Abel to the point of killing him!
Beloved, how do you react when you hear that your brother or sister has received a great blessing, for which you have been praying for a long time? If instead of rejoicing with him (her), you become bitter or envious, then you need love! Ask the Lord for forgiveness and if possible, ask your neighbor whom you offended to forgive you, and your fault will be forgiven.
The love that the Bible speaks of is not a feeling but a commandment. “Love one another as I have loved you,” “You shall love your neighbor as yourself,” is written in John 13:34 and Mark 12:31. You are not called to love your spouse or your neighbor because you feel something for him or her, but because it is a divine commandment. Do not let betrayal and the wickedness of men win your heart. Continue to love them despite everything! Keep on loving, for the enemy seeks, in these times of the end, to disqualify you. Persevere until the end: you will have victory and you will be saved!
May God bless you !
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