First Love

January 31, 2011

“Yet I hold this against you: You have forsaken your first love.” – Revelation 2:4

So often, my wife and I come into contact with people whose marriages are struggling. They may not make it. We’ve learned to ask, “Why did you fall in love in the first place? What was it that attracted to you to your mate?” Out of the deadness of lost love, we sometimes see a flicker of hope that can be rekindled.

Jesus makes this comparison in our relationship with Him. When we drift away from loving Him most – more than anyone or anything, He says [my paraphrase], “Remember how it was when you fell in love with Me? There was joy, excitement, and gratitude for forgiveness, salvation and eternal live.” Then Jesus tells His church, “Remember where you have fallen and do the deeds you did at first.” What did a fallen Christian do when they came to Christ in faith and loved Him most? They wanted to be with Him, to know Him, to worship Him. To be with Him equals prayer, Bible study, and worship. They wanted to please Him, trust Him, follow Him and obey Him. They wanted to tell others about Him – like a woman in love – to share with others the greatness of Jesus.

Is your marriage struggling? Are you a Christian who has drifted away from the Lord? Remember what it was like when you fell in love and do what you did back then.