Matthew 24:12-13, NIV: 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.

If there is one thing the Christian life is to be most measured by, it is by the Christian's love for God and for other people. A Christian can spend countless hours attending church meetings and engaging in religious activity; and yet, manage to have accomplished very little. For no matter how much 'Christian' activity we take part in, as Paul states, "...without love, it is nothing" (1 Cor. 13). Our time seems a time of decreasing concern for others--one wherein most are self-absorbed. As wickedness increases, "the love of most" has grown cold--growing colder with the passing of each day. So what are we to do? We cannot control how others love; but, we can control how much we will love. We can let the nature of Christ grow within us so that we learn to love as He first loved us. We can intentionally seek out opportunity to extend Christ's love for others; while resisting temptation to be self-serving. "What does love look like?" St. Augustine asks, "It has the hands to help others. It has the feet to hasten to the poor and needy. It has eyes to see misery and want. It has the ears to hear the sighs and sorrows of men. That is what love looks like."