Failing Love

The eighth sign of the end of the age is the failing love of many believers. Jesus said that “the love of many will grow cold” (v. 12). There will be a cooling of love for people. Jesus talks of people suffering (v. 9), of people falling away (v. 10), and of people being deceived (v. 11). Now, he talks about people failing to love each other (v. 12).

There is a song entitled, “Where is the Love?”  by Black Eyed Peas.

What’s wrong with the world, mama

People livin’ like they ain’t got no mamas

I think the whole world addicted to the drama

Only attracted to things that’ll bring you trauma

People killin’, people dyin’

Children hurt and you hear them cryin’

Can you practice what you preach?

Or would you turn the other cheek?

According to the Guttmacker Institute, the abortion rate in 2014 was 14.6 abortions per 1,000 women aged 15–44.[1]

Approximately 500,000 children live in foster care homes.

Children are placed in foster care for physical abuse, extreme emotional abuse, sexual abuse, or simply because there is no family member available to care for the child.

Nearly 60,000 children are reported to be abused or neglected each week in America, with an estimated 900,000 confirmations of violence every year.[2]

Where is the love there? At the end of the age, it will grow worse, as Jesus prophesied.

Yet the cooling of love can also mean the cooling of love for God. For Matthew, love for God and love for one another is the summary of the Law (Matt. 22:36-40). (Hagner) Since the sum of the Law is love for God and love for one’s neighbor, obedience to the Law means love for God and for each other. Conversely, disobedience to the Law is a failure to love God and each other. Thus, more obedience means more love for God and for each other. Less obedience means less love for God and for each other.

By implication, lawlessness means no love for God and for each other. An increase in disobedience to the Law will result to an increase in the failure to love God and one another. As lawlessness will increase, loveless-ness will increase also.

[1] “Induced Abortion in the United States,” Guttmacher.org. Cited July 22, 2017. Online: https://www.guttmacher.org/fact-sheet/induced-abortion-united-states.

[2] Kate Moulene, “America’s Abandoned Children,” Huffingtonpost. com. Cited July 22, 2017. Online: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/kate-moulene/americas-abandoned-childr_b_867265.html.

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