"And because iniquity will abound, the love of many will become cold." (Matthew 24:12).
Jesus foretold of a coming day of great darkness; a time when evil would be so prevalent that it would cause many to harden their hearts and grow cold and distant in their affection for others. I'm not saying that Day has come, but we certainly are living in Times that try men's souls.
There is an undeniable increase of wickedness in all quarters -- political, industrial, religious, educational, and so on. There is scarce a place to be found that is not in some measure polluted with the infectious presence of selfishness and sin.
So what are we to do? Should we buy a farm in the Rocky highlands, and stockpile our cellars with Bibles, beans and bullets? No. Rather, we should let our light so shine before men that they see our good works and glorify our Father, who is in heaven. When evil increases -- we must DO GOOD.
Listen to Paul's advice, "Rejoice in the Lord always," he says; and then to make sure we got it, he adds, "and again I say, Rejoice." Joy is a powerful antibiotic to the creeping spread of hopelessness caused by rampant sin.
Paul goes on to say, "Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand." In other words, conduct yourself in a balanced manner, being unextreme in the things you are about.
"Be careful for nothing," Paul then writes, "but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passes all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus."
A man or woman who is filled with peace and marked by joy, can single-handedly do much to stem the rising tides of evil within the sphere of their influence. How then can you and I become such a person? Paul answers that question with his concluding words --
"Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things." ((Philippians 4:4-8).
As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he. These are the thoughts that fuel the flame in a heart that never grows cold. When evil increases -- DO GOOD!