From: David Kabanje
Date: January 21
Subject: GMU: Cold Heart

Cold Heart

Beautiful People, 

Chipotle is a great place to have a philosophical and theological discussion. I had an opportunity to have lunch with a valued colleague. He drew my attention to spiritual thermogenesis—the production of spiritual intensity. Our discussion was simple, and it started with a question, "why are people so divided towards each other?" The societal pressures and issues that we face today are daunting and complex. In no way, shape, or form can I ever articulate a comprehensive and concise solution to our societal problems; however, I can provide a scriptural perspective on turning our hearts towards each other with unconditional, divine, sacrificial love. Jesus has a few comments to share regarding the status of our society, church, and world. According to our Lord and Savior, "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). A few words pop out to me. The first is "increase," followed by "cold," and then "firm."
There is no question that wickedness has exponentially increased in various degrees due to false teachings and practices (vs. 11).

Those who prescribe false prophets' false teachings and practices have a telling sign—their hearts are drawn away from the truth, from Christ. False teachings and practices regarding the character of God diminish our love for God and each other. In other words, whatever is filling your heart, mind, and soul is painting a picture of God, either a distorted one or an accurate one. Our hearts either grow cold or hot by what we believe concerning the character and nature of God. The increase of wickedness is correlated to the decrease of an accurate picture of God. So, what does that mean for you and me? How do we relate to each other with unconditional, divine, sacrificial love? I believe it starts with us checking our connection with God by checking in with Jesus. For He says, "I am the Vine; you are the branches. If you remain in Me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from Me, you can do nothing" (John 15:5). Our connection to Jesus allows us to stand firm and unfreezes our hearts towards each other. The more time we spend with Jesus, the stronger our roots are in doing good to those who have a skewed perception of God. When we know the truth, it will set us free to free others. When we know the truth, when we know Jesus, He will warm our hearts, and He will give us the ability to stand firm and love as we look forward to His soon return.

Take courage, friends.