Jude 21 Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.
The Bible speaks of a love problem in the Last Days prior to Jesus’ coming. Jesus prophesied that the love of many shall wax cold Matthew 24:12. Because iniquity (lawlessness) shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold. (This would be in addition to times where there would be affliction; killing; hate; offence; betrayal; many false prophets; and deception Matthew 24:9-11). I do not believe this to happen only after the Church is Raptured but we would also see elements of this beginning in the close of the Church Age or in the latter times of the Last days.
If the love of many waxes cold – love of what? For the believer I would suggest the love of many would wax cold in their love for:
His Family (Church).
His Word (Read; Study; Meditate: Obey).
His Work (Serving).
His World (Evangelism; Discipleship).
What can we do to keep our love centered on the right things? We can do what Jude 20 says to do which is, “But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost.” We can also pray for the Lord to direct our heart into the love of God as 2 Thessalonians 3:5 says, “And the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God, and into the patient waiting for Christ,” and keep ourselves in the love of God in the Last Days (Jude 21).
The love of God and the love for God has devotion, sacrifice, and pursuit and these qualities of love can be identified with our time, investment, effort, protection, interest, and pleasure:
- We make time for what we love.
- We invest in what we love.
- We make effort for what we love.
- We protect what we love.
- We show interest in what we love.
- We take pleasure in what we love
I believe as we keep ourselves in the love of God, that God will keep us as Jude 24 says, “Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy.”