Apr 29 2018

Your First Love

Yet I hold this against you: You have forsaken your first love. Remember the height from which you have fallen! Repent and do the things you did at first. (Revelation 2:4-5)

Have you ever wondered what happened to the enthusiasm and sense of joy that you had when you first came to the Lord? Maybe it was when you realized that you approved of something that you would not have a year ago. Maybe the realization came to you when you were examining yourself before receiving communion during a church service. (2 Corinthians 13:5) However it occurred, it greatly disturbed you when the thought occurred to you.

Jesus addressed this very issue when He had the apostle John write to the church at Ephesus as quoted above. He was concerned because, in the course of all their activity on His behalf, they had lost track of the personal relationship they had with Him.

It is clearly the wisdom of God that this was put in the Bible, because this is a common occurrence among Christians. I have experienced this myself more than once over my nearly 60 years as a believer in Jesus. Every time that it has happened, I was very disturbed about it. So, what can be done about it? Jesus gives us three things to do.

First, remember the height from which you have fallen. Take some time to think about how your came to Jesus and how you responded. I remember wanting to spend as much time with Jesus as I possibly could. I remember wanting to read His word, especially the gospels, because they contained the things Jesus did and said while on the earth. I remember praying to be more like Jesus.

The second thing Jesus tells us to do is to repent. This means to stop the process of drifting away and turn back toward Jesus again. In another place, Jesus tells us how to do this. “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.” (Matthew 22:37)  How did we do this in the beginning? That is why He tells us to remember the height from which we have fallen.

This brings us to the third thing Jesus told us, to do the things we did at first. When we remembered, we recalled those things. So, that means that we have to reprioritize our lives so the time becomes available to do the things we did at first. When we first received Jesus, we gladly did those things and we automatically altered our schedules to accommodate our new found relationship with Jesus.

Jesus said something else in John 14:28. “But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.”  The process of returning to your first love is aided by the guidance of the Holy Spirit, because Jesus gave Him to us upon His ascension into heaven. (John 14:16 with Acts 1:4-5) Stay in the Word of God and let the Holy Spirit guide you in restoring your full joy in your relationship with Jesus.

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References:

2 Corinthians 13:5: Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves. Do you not realize that Christ Jesus is in you–unless, of course, you fail the test?

John 14:16: “And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counselor to be with you forever–the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you.”

Acts 1:4-5: “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about. For John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.”

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