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To resolve the problem, God gives a new covenant allowing His Shekinah to remain

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Q. What does it mean in Mt 24.12 where it says that the "love of many shall wax cold?"

A. Before we look at what it means we need to define a couple of words. The verse reads "and because lawlessness is increased most people’s love shall grow cold." (NASB). The first word we need to define is "lawlessness," which is "anomos" in Greek.

The Greek word for Torah is "nomos" and when you put an "a" before it , it means to be against or "none." So "anomos" means "no Torah" or in other words people are not obeying God, thus becoming "lawless." The other word that needs to be defined is "love." The word there is "agape" and that is God’s kind of love, love that is unmerited.

It’s charitable love and the idea Paul was conveying in 1 Cor 13. So with that in mind, let’s look at the verse again in its context.

Yeshua is giving signs of the end times. We won’t get into all of that, but He says in verse 12 that because people have a disregard for the Laws of God their God-kind of love will grow cold. So, you have to ask "cold in what way?" There are three areas we will look at .

First, their love towards God, which is really what Yeshua is saying here.

He said "If you love me, keep my commandments." Deut 6.4 says we should love the Lord with all our heart, mind and strength and Yeshua said this was the greatest commandment.

Well, how do you do that. You love Him by obeying His Word. When you don’t obey Him, you are "lawless" in the sense that His word has no affect on you, you won’t do it. That is not loving the Lord, so your love for Him will grow cold.

Paul wrote to the Ephesians that their love for God was well known, but then later in Rev 2.4 Yeshua says they have left their first love and they should repent and do the deeds they did at first, by being obedient.

Now, for love to "wax cold" you must have had a love in the first place, which was for the Lord. But, through self-centeredness it grew cold.

Secondly, let’s look at family love. Not obeying the Lord will affect this area, too.

To wax cold means to lose the warmth of love for the family and become self-absorbed, self-centered and uncaring for your family. All of these are contrary to God’s word, of course.

Do you know why any relationship fails and is destroyed? It’s when one person stops being kind to the other. When parents are unkind to their children, the relationship fails. When one spouse commits adultery, is that being kind to the other?

When one abuses the other, is that being kind? Again, when one does not follow what the Lord says (lawless) then the love for your family will grow cold. Lastly, let’s look at some of the social ramifications of this. Society is plagued with this.

People will stop acting charitably towards one another as a result of their own sin, or lawlessness. 2 Tim 3.1-4 says: "But realize this, that in the last days difficult times will come. For men will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, revilers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy, unloving, irreconcilable, malicious gossips, without self control, brutal, haters of good, treacherous, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God."

You see, what it all comes down to is when we love God and our neighbor, our love will not grow cold. Now, that doesn’t mean that others won’t mistreat us, cheat on us, hate us ,curse us, try to destroy us, leave us and do all manner of evil against us because they will. People who love themselves tend to gravitate towards people who are kind and charitable because it’s all about what that person can give them.

Many marriages fail because those that are self-absorbed marry one who is not like that because they have no intention of giving to the other, but it’s what the other can do for them and it eventually destroys the relationship. In the same way, it’s like that with the Lord.

He is a giver and charitable and the selfish want a relationship with Him for what they can get from Him, but when He wants them to give back, they won’t and their love "grows cold." So, I hope you have a better understanding of this verse and your love for God, family and your neighbor does not grow cold.

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