“And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.” (Matthew 24:12/KJV).
At least one of the Advent Sundays points us to the second coming of the Lord Jesus Christ and to the events that are to take place before that. In Matthew 24 and in Luke 21 Jesus speaks about the end of the times.
Jesus describes catastrophic events. He says there would be people who try to lead others deceitfully. He says much iniquity would be taking place in those days.
In Luke 21:28 Jesus encourages his disciples and all believers up to the present time: “And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads: for your redemption draweth nigh.” (KJV). Even as we might be facing catastrophic or extremely unpleasant circumstances Jesus would have us lift our heads and set our hope and trust on our heavenly Lord.
Unjust treatment and much iniquity taking place may lead to love growing cold. People get frustrated. They become sad, discouraged, unmotivated or aggressive.
The kind of love described in 1 Corinthians 13:7 seems to be characterised by great steadiness. Hope and faith are aspects and reasons for that. At the same time this kind of love involves a readiness to endure all kinds of hardships.
How can we attain unto such a kind of love? We must turn to the source of that love.
In fact God himself is described as love personified. In 1 John 4:8b St. John affirms: “…for God is love”.
In 1 Corinthians 12:31 and in chapter 13 Paul points us to goals for Christian living. Then he describes all these lofty principles of love. This undoubtedly is a divine kind of love.
We can experience that kind of love by seeking after God. God’s grace and graciousness can become manifest in our own lives as we expose ourselves to His divine influence.
We can meet God by reading and seriously considering the bible which is God’s message to us. Other means of grace such as water baptism and the Eucharist also can help us to become more aware of God’s love towards us.
Jesus has come. He has lived on this earth and he has laid down his own life for us so that we might receive forgiveness. He has opened up for us a way to approach God with hope and trust.
As we are prepared to examine our own lives by the spiritual and ethical standards given to us in the bible, God’s forgiveness can be applied to our own lives. This opens up a way for a new quality of love springing forth within us.