What is the Opposite of Love
I have learned that the opposite of love is not hate. For hate is only a symptom, a fruit or product of the seething plague that opposes love.
Hate stems from pride, from jealousy, from coveting. Hate springs from its root in many twisted forms. The root is Sin; rebellion against God.
So, the opposite of love is sin. Jesus warns us of this enemy and provides a glorious remedy.
And many false prophets shall rise,
and shall deceive many.
And because iniquity (sin) shall abound,
the love of many shall wax cold.
But he that shall endure unto the end,
the same shall be saved.
This is not only a description of what happens when are deceived. With every sin, love begins its dissipation until it lies cold on the ground, dead, like a rock laying on the side of the road.
The verse is also prophetic and hints at a time yet in the future when the fruit of sin will be at its greatest in the hearts of man.
Also, it is inferred that we must avoid any false teaching, especially those that lulls us into the sleepy delusion that we can continue in comfort committing iniquity without it affecting our heart or standing with God.
Instead, we are told to, “test everything, hold fast to that which is good and stay away from every kind of evil.”
Standing in the goodness of God, clothed in His truth and righteousness, having the gospel at our feet, and faith and hope of salvation to protect us, we can endure to the end.
God forbid we continue in sin! Lest in the end, what God finds in us, He hates. We will in no wise enter the kingdom of heaven.
Because of all their wickedness in Gilgal,
I hated them there.
Because of their sinful deeds,
I will drive them out of my house.
I will no longer love them;
all their leaders are rebellious.
~ Hosea 9:15
When we continue in sin or fall back into sin (after getting saved), we find a spirit of rebellion against God has infiltrated our soul and we have once again become slaves to sin.
“Truly, truly, I say to you,
everyone who practices sin is a slave to sin.
~ John 8:34
We are called to avoid all sin and help those who have fallen, yet being careful not to fall into sin ourselves; for sin is a trap, a snare, that enslaves and brings the guilt it truly deserves.
Brothers and sisters,
if someone is caught in a sin,
you who live by the Spirit should restore that person gently.
But watch yourselves,
or you also may be tempted.
~ Galatians 6:1
We do have a high and holy calling to serve God and others: To be salt and light in a world of darkness that has deeply permeated our modern church as well as the world.
Compromise and moderation is not an option for the enduring Christian. It is a recipe for death and a cold heart.
Love vs. Sin
The weight of sin is the daily battle in this world. But we are called to be victorious!
Let no man deceive you by any means:
for that day shall not come,
except there come a falling away first,
and that man of sin be revealed.
~ 2 Thessalonians 2:3
We fall away because we have let sin remain in us and spoil a heart growing in love.
No man can serve two masters:
for either he will hate the one, and love the other;
or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other.
Ye cannot serve God and mammon.
~ Matthew 6:24
This is why loving others as Christ loves us is the most important thing we can do. It is what we should be striving for day and night; in every aspect of our life!
and walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us,
and hath given himself for us an offering
and a sacrifice to God
for a sweetsmelling savour.
~ Ephesians 5:2
We must walk in love and not in sin if we are to please our Lord and He is to truly be our Savior.
He came to condemn the sin that dwells in us, to set us free from our bondage and service to sin, so we could love His as He loved us!
For what the law could not do,
in that it was weak through the flesh,
God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh,
and for sin,
condemned sin in the flesh:
~ Romans 8:3
If ye continue in my word,
then are ye my disciples indeed;
And ye shall know the truth,
and the truth shall make you free.
They answered him, We be Abraham’s seed,
and were never in bondage to any man:
how sayest thou, Ye shall be made free?
Jesus answered them, Verily, verily, I say unto you,
Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin.
And the servant abideth not in the house for ever:
but the Son abideth ever.
If the Son therefore shall make you free,
ye shall be free indeed.
~ John 8:32-36
Let us be redeemed by love and walk in the path that only purity of heart can bring.
Blessed are the pure in heart:
for they shall see God.
~ Matthew 5:8
And God, which knoweth the hearts,
bare them witness, giving them the Holy Ghost,
even as he did unto us;
And put no difference between us and them,
purifying their hearts by faith.
~ Acts 15:8-9
You have purified your souls
by obeying the truth
in order to show sincere mutual love.
So love one another earnestly from a pure heart.
~ 1 Peter 1:22
Brothers and sisters,
keep your hearts pure.
Obey the truth in love,
and walk in holiness