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Our First Love

Revelation 2:4

Yet I hold this against you: You have forsaken the love you had at first.

82015 RayCan you remember your first love? Maybe you remember your song – and when it plays – you remember days gone by. Maybe like the Garth Brooks’ song – Unanswered Prayers – you’re kind of glad you didn’t stay with your first love. He or she didn’t turn out the way you thought they would – so many years ago. Maybe – your first love broke your heart – maybe your first love has spoiled you for all that follow. Our first loves impact us for sure.  Maybe you ended up in marriage with your first love – and it is great or not so great.

Are there songs that remind you of your first love? Does a certain car remind you of your first love? How about a certain place – does a place remind you of your first love? When you go by the old High School – do you remember that first love? When you drive through the old community – do you remember that first love? Or have you blocked your first love out of your memory banks?

Today’s passage speaks about out first love – from a spiritual point of view. Can we remember our conversion? Can we remember how excited we were to know our sins were forgiven and to feel the presence of the Holy Spirit in our lives?  Most of us were probably pretty excited when we were saved.  There are probably places and songs that remind us of that moment – like an altar or a hymn or praise song that was playing when we went forward to receive Jesus.

Here’s today’s passage in partial context. Revelation 2:1–7 – 1 “To the angel of the church in Ephesus write: These are the words of him who holds the seven stars in his right hand and walks among the seven golden lampstands. I know your deeds, your hard work and your perseverance. I know that you cannot tolerate wicked people, that you have tested those who claim to be apostles but are not, and have found them false. You have persevered and have endured hardships for my name, and have not grown weary. Yet I hold this against you: You have forsaken the love you had at first. 5 Consider how far you have fallen! Repent and do the things you did at first. If you do not repent, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place. But you have this in your favor: You hate the practices of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate. Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who is victorious, I will give the right to eat from the tree of life, which is in the paradise of God.

We can be a very active church or Christian – but without that zeal or love for Jesus – we are missing so much. We can work hard for the kingdom – but without a heartfelt love for Jesus – we are missing so much. Have we forsaken our first love for Christ and walked away from Him to a degree? Is Christ no longer first in our hearts? Has our faith become normal and routine rather than exciting and spirit led?  Today’s passage calls us to repent and return to that first love – that first feeling.

Marriages can get stale if we allow them. Our first love may be the one we are still married to today – but if we allow routine to get into our life – our love – we can soon lose so much. Taking each other for granted is a major sin in marriage – it is in our relationship with Christ as well. We need a Spirit led relationship.  We need to be reminded to return to our first love – to Jesus – time and again!

Maybe – just maybe – some of the churches we know or attend – would be more alive and exciting if the people – pastors included – were more in love with Jesus! I’ve been listening to some Frances Chan messages and he is all about our love for Jesus.  We need to be in love with Jesus in such a way that it pours out of us – like when we first fell in love with Jesus.

Just something to think about today as you go on your way.

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August 26, 2015 - Posted by | Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Marriage, Outreach, Personal, Theology | , , , , , ,

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