"Because lawlessness is increased, most people's love will grow cold." Matthew 24:12 (NASB)
Loving ones who hate us is not easy. In fact, it is impossible unless we allow the Holy Spirit to control us and love through us (Philippians 2:13). From what Jesus says, it will also be an unpopular trait, even among Christians.
In Matthews 24:12, Jesus is speaking of what it will be like in the days leading up to His return. As we get closer to the return of the King, we should expect Christians will be hated more and more and even killed as a result of that hatred. Thousands of Christians have already been slaughtered by Islamic terrorists groups like ISIS. Even so, how should Christians respond?
What is certain is that Jesus is telling His followers that our love should not decrease even though the hate people have for us increases. Even if Islamic terrorists hate us, we should still love them and desire to see them saved (Ezekiel 33:11; 2 Peter 3:9). We are called to love our enemies and to pray for them (Matthew 5:43-44).
Some us might need to repent from hearts that have grown cold already. We need to ask God to help us keep our love from growing cold. Let's seek the face of God and allow Him to love others through us.