Mt 24:12 “And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.”
Here we see the cause of this chill is iniquity will be abounding. What is iniquity? The Greek word is anomia which means “to be without Torah”. Torah defines love. When we think of love we think of feelings. But this is not really accurate. Otherwise how do we love our enemies? We cannot conjure up luvvy dovey feelings for those who hate us but we can choose to do things in their best interest. Love is action not feeling.
How often even among spouses do we hear one asking the other, “Do you love me?” The other spouse responds, “Of course I love you, I married you didn’t I!” If we love each other we will do things for each other. Many Christians get caught up in emotional love for each other and once the emotions are gone we stop loving. Because of this definition of love we often feel that our relationship with God is gone awry just because there are no “feelings”. We go to services and unless we get our “sugar high” of feelings we feel God wasn’t there in the service. Believe me God still loves us even when He feels like giving us a kick in the pants. God loves us even when He is angry with us. He always does what is best for us.
You’ve heard of someone stalking a celebrity. In the mind of the stalker, they love the celebrity whereas the celebrity thinks the stalker is crazy and doesn’t consider their actions loving at all. I believe sometimes people even become God stalkers! What I mean by that is some people have all these “feelings” for God but it is a love that is based in their head. They love God only for how He meets some need of theirs. When God doesn’t come through they despise God. Look at Judas Iscariot who probably had very loving feelings toward Yeshua yet betrayed Him when his own needs were not met how he wanted them to be.
Compare that to Job who said, “Though He slay me, yet will I trust in Him”
Many people want nothing to do with Torah as they define it as legalism. They totally misunderstand that Torah defines what love is to look like. The Hebrew word for love is ahava
You will notice the Hebrew letter appears twice. This letter means to reveal, to behold or to show. Since this is the word for love it shows love is to be demonstrated. God shows us and we are to show that love we’ve seen to others. The other two letters make up the word for Father, the Aleph bet This shows us that true love is revealed by our Father in Heaven or our Father’s heart revealed! He defines what love is and when we read the commandments of the Torah He is revealing His heart to us through them.
May the Lord bless you and keep you!