Dear Friends of "Dial Daily Bread,"
In His love and mercy, Jesus described for His followers what life would be like in the last days, where we live today: "And because lawlessness will abound, the love [agape] of many will grow cold. But he who endures to the end shall be saved" (Matt. 24:12, 13).
Thoughtful observers have noted that foul language is accepted and popular in the media. "Baby Boomers" and more recent generations (at least most of them) have never had the privilege of knowing there was something in the world known as agape, the once-sacred "sweet mystery of life." For them, love is a physical attraction. They have a "relationship," not agape love.
Parents and grandparents who know a little about agape are appalled; children and youth are growing up in a world where "the agape of many [has] grown cold," where as one wise writer has often stated it, "The Holy Spirit is being withdrawn." Where formerly God's people looked forward to spending the biblical millennium in heaven, now they apparently face the bleak prospect of spending it on earth with the Holy Spirit withdrawn. Many even lament that they don't find that Spirit in church.
But there is some precious Good News: there are those who will "endure to the end." They will cherish agape in their hearts; they will love the Holy Spirit, not drive Him away. God has never withdrawn His Holy seventh-day Sabbath in which we can realize His presence. The Sabbath is an island of refuge in a stormy sea where we can still experience the calm of heaven and the refreshment that comes in communion with God.
The Holy Spirit may be withdrawn from the wicked world, but He will not withdraw Himself from even one humble soul who welcomes His presence.
--Robert J. Wieland
From the "Dial Daily Bread" Archive: February 22, 1999.
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