Love Makes It Grow

John 13:34-35 "A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another."

An aged farmer and his wife were leaning against the edge of their pig pen when the old woman recalled that the next week would mark their golden wedding anniversary.
"Let's have a party, Homer," she suggested. "Let's kill a pig." The farmer scratched his grizzled head. "Gee, Ethel," he finally answered, "I don't see why the pig should take the blame for something that happened fifty years ago."

We might say this man’s love wavered over the years! Did you ever know someone  who started out being a Christian, and they were so enthusiastic about it? Like they couldn't stop talking about Christ? They were so bold, loved everybody, and just wanted to give everything. You could not keep the smile of their faces. They wanted to do something for God, and they believed that God wanted to use them in a great way.

What happens to many of us as the years pass? Maybe now they have “cooled off”. They barely make it to church and have all kinds of reasons why they can't make it, or maybe they are honest enough to tell you they really just aren't interested. People think ”This is what it is like when you have a religious experience. Those were just feelings, and after a while, it wears off.”  

You and I know that real love is not just a feeling, but we can't help but wonder ”What happened to them?” Jesus Christ told us to love one anther serve one another, be committed to one another. It is obvious by the entirety of the New Testament that God intended the normal Christian life to be lived out loving and serving other Christ followers.  And it is here that the enemy of our souls takes aim. He has a trap he uses against us, cold love.

Matthew 24:9-12 "At that time many (Christians) will fall away and will betray one another and hate one another... Because lawlessness is increased, most people's love will grow cold."

People ‘fall away’ from the Lord and other Christians when their love grows cold. When you withdraw from other Christians you are withdrawing from love of God. People say “I loved once, but I was hurt” Aren't you glad Jesus never thought like that! I was commited to serving other Christians but they used me! Friends, that was the life of Jesus from his first cry in a manger, to his last prayer on the cross.