Jesus had a specific message for the church in Ephesus that applies to many churches today.
They were doing well in many ways. They were working hard. They were patiently enduring suffering. They were standing for truth and not tolerating false teachers. But they lacked the most important thing. Love.
“But I have this complaint against you. You don’t love me or each other as you did at first!” Rev 2:4
“You’ve lost that loving feeling.”
When you a person first comes to Christ everything is new. They are infused with a consuming love for God and others. This passionate love had been lost at the church in Ephesus.
Our love for God should not be based on feelings, but should be a commitment to follow him. A healthy marriage is a good example of this. The first few years of marriage a couple has the “honeymoon” stage. Everything is new and exciting. But after that, the love can either grow deeper or they grow apart.
With God it is similar. Many people don’t grow deeper after the initial exciting start of their relationship with God. This is sad because they are missing out on so much depth in their relationship with God. What about you?
Have you lost your first love?
Many Christians today know how to go through the motions of church, but many are are not really experiencing love for God as they should. Here is what Jesus said to the church in Ephesus.
“Look how far you have fallen! Turn back to me and do the works you did at first. If you don’t repent, I will come and remove your lampstand from its place among the churches.” Rev 2:5
Loosing sight of love is a sin.
We must repent and turn our focus back on loving God. The proof of that love will be good works. Repentance is the key to restoration.
The way to renew your love for God is to start doing the things that you did when you first came to Christ. Some things could include; Reading your Bible, praying, sharing your faith, or investing in other Christians. Do something!
As you start obeying Jesus your love for Him will grow in depth.
What do you need to do today to renew your love for God and others?
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