Wednesday, September 21, 2011

A verse the Lord showed me....

"And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold."
Matthew 24:12

I read this verse in my quiet time yesterday morning and the Lord revealed just a tiny bit about what this verse means.  To give you a little background, in Matthew 24 the disciples asked Jesus, "Tell us, when will these things be?  And what will be the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the age?" [Matthew 24:3].  Jesus' response is recorded not only in Matthew 24 but also in Mark 13 and Luke 21; but only in Matthew is this verse recorded.  
Our family knows many couples who are struggling with their marriages.  In fact, in America a whopping 50% of marriages end in divorce.  The Lord showed me that because of the sexual lawlessness thriving in our country the love of many couples is growing cold.  Satan knows that the strength of a nation depends on the strength of the families.  He knows that marriage is "the Lord's holy institution which He loves..." [Malachi 2:11c] and that it is supposed to represent the love and commitment Christ has for His church.  For these reasons he has tried since the beginning of time to destroy the life-long vow of marriage.
I want to thank my daddy and mamma for understanding the importance of marriage and for fighting so hard to follow the model clearly set forth in the Bible.  The Lord has reasons in putting the man as the head of the wife, the wife in submission to the husband, and the children in obedience to both.  He has reasons for putting the wife in the home and not in the work place.  It is because God's people have chosen not to follow God's roles in marriage that divorce is on the rise.  If unbelievers do not see a difference between their own marriages and Christian's marriages then why would they want to come to Jesus?
Although lawlessness is abounding we still have the responsibility to "be holy as He is holy" [1 Peter 1:16] and to allow Him to use us in whatever way He sees fit.  How comforting to know that the Lord's love for us will never grow cold.  What an awesome God we have!

Learning to delight in Jesus,

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