7. Is Your Love for Others Growing Cold?
I guess one of the greatest litmus tests to see where you stand is your love for other people. I honestly believe it is impossible to be truly walking with God, full of his Spirit and there be no love for people in your heart. You cannot love God and not love people. God said it himself.
Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen. – 1 John 4:20
This dichotomy cannot exist in your heart or mind. If you are finding yourself with no love for people then there is something wrong. God’s heart is always reaching because that is his nature. If this does not exist in you then you may be drifting towards a carnal mind.
If it seems like more Christians are drifting towards a carnal mind this should not be shocking. Paul warns us of this.
But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God—having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with such people. – 2 Timothy 3:1-5
Knowing this truth leads to a question. How do you avoid becoming carnally minded? Here is the answer.
Search me, God, and know my heart;
test me and know my anxious thoughts.
See if there is any offensive way in me,
and lead me in the way everlasting. – Psalm 139:23-24
To avoid this mindset from creeping in you have to ask God to search you. You cannot depend on yourself to diagnose the condition of your mind and heart. Allow God to reveal to you if there is something potentially wrong. If you will make this part of your daily routine with all sincerity God will show you and help you avoid slipping into being carnally minded.