Matthew 24:9-14 describes the persecution that followers of Jesus will face. Verse 14 says, “Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold.” I don’t know about you, but when i face ridicule or persecution in trying to share the Good News, it is easy for my love to “grow cold.” And when our love grows cold, it is much harder to take the risks necessary to share the Good News. But we must persevere. We must stand firm. We must continue to take risks to share the love of God with those who have not yet heard. Francis Chan wrote in Crazy Love, “God wants us to love others enough that we go to extremes to help them.” God, give us that kind of love!