Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold, but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved.
Matthew 24: 12 – 13
Jesus and his disciples were discussing the ‘End Times’, looking ahead to what the symptoms of Jesus’ return would be. The disciples entirely expected that Jesus would return in their lifetime, and they probably expected that the Kingdom of God would be a material kingdom, in this world. However, this sentence and the following one hint at the time that might pass by before this all happened. Jesus told them and us that things would be difficult, and he tells us that people will lose heart and their love will grow cold. But we are reminded to hang on and hold out. Sometimes love is an action, a choice, rather than just a feeling. Love is in our persistence, our commitment, our will to stick to the one we love. So stand firm to the end.
Prayer: Lord, through the darkness, through the difficulty, when I have lost the first feelings of my faith and adoration, please give me the love that is stubborn, the love that holds on, the love that endures, for You, and for others. Amen
Action: make a list of the things that you love about someone you’re finding difficult. Jesus reminds us to love others as we love ourselves, so you can make the list about yourself if you wish – sometimes it’s hardest to love ourselves.