And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold.
This aspect of love that has been growing colder as one of Christ’s prophesies in His Sermon on the Mount listed in the 24th Chapter of Matthew, and I will explain.
We can get something like Cancer that invades our society and people do not realize it is spreading. Satan likes to introduce things in a slow, but very subtle manner. Watching society go through these subtle changes for close to 70 years, has made me realize that the love of many is, in fact---- growing colder. And as Christ prophesied, it is happening, and many do not realize it. How changes in society can alter our opinions
Opinions are first of all---are not really of God, while perceptions should be aligned with God. We have really made our opinions tantamount in this opinion-seeking society where everyone is desiring our opinion from political polls to the products we buy. We are constantly being asked for our opinion in this society. MY opinion certainly can be prideful thing. How many times have your heard “That is my opinion and no one can change it”?
Opinions are really brought out in this verse and others.
Be of the same mind toward one another. Do not set your mind on high things but associate with the humble. Do not be wise in your own opinion.
Or from the World English translation of the Bible:
A fool has no delight in understanding, but only in revealing his own opinion
While perception or perceive is this:
But Jesus, being aware of it, said to them, “Why do you reason because you have no bread? Do you not yet perceive nor understand? Is your heart still hardened?
To know wisdom and instruction, To perceive the words of understanding,
And this from the Passion translation:
For then you will perceive what is true wisdom, your future will be bright, and this hope living within will never disappoint you.
So opinions are really of no value to anyone but yourself, in an often prideful way. While, perceptions are God’s gift to us when we ask for His wisdom---as James 1:5 says:.
5 (If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.
We have to keep our mind on God in this world that seems to value our opinions. One aspect is found in Philippians 4:8 which says:
Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.
Mediating on these things keeps us from forming prideful opinions or certainly can help.
Christ never spoke with His Opinions on anything---- why should we, as Believers in Christ allow our incomplete opinions to motivate us in our Faith in Him. After all it was the opinions of many who came together demanding His Crucifixion.