Forgetting Your First Love

Yet I hold this against you: You have forsaken the love you had at first. 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. (Revelation 2:4-6)

In this passage, we see the problem that the church at Ephesus was facing; unfortunately, the same problem exists today. John mentions the real problem in verse four, “You have forsaken the love you had at first.”

This is truly concerning. These people were once vibrant, where they couldn't wait to tell others about Jesus. Now, they don’t have this. This church was once full of commitment, pain, and whatever price it took to follow Christ. They don’t have it anymore. They were once standing in leadership, discerning and wise; they were an example to follow, but not now.

You can be a believer, saved and secure, and going to heaven. However, you can also be a believer acting as if nothing spiritual has ever happened to you. Do you understand that? Many Christians today are right there in that discouraging place, lacking hope, joy, and fire.

The first step to apostasy is falling out of love with Jesus. The church at Ephesus had lost the passion and the fire for Christ. Now they are living on the fumes of what they once had. Jesus said, “I have a big concern. You have fallen out of love with Me. You have left your first love.”

It’s sad that many believers today fit that description. They are not where they used to be when they first started following Christ. Is that where you are? If you look back on when you first met Christ, do you still have that passion and fire to win your friends and family to Christ? Or are you just focused on discipleship and wanting to go deeper? I pray that you will meditate on those questions and this passage from Revelation. Ask the Lord to reignite your fire for Him, if you, too, have forgotten your first love.
Posted in
Tagged with , ,

No Comments






Kingdom abandoned abandon ability acceptance accepted accomplish addiction admit advancing afraid align allowed allow altered amazing anxious appeared apply assurance assures attention attentive attitude baptized beaituful beliefs believed believers believer believes believe believing belong benefits blessed blesses blessings blessing bless bond brokenhearted burden burial buried capable care caring celebrate challenges change changing charge churches church comfortable commanded commandment commitment committed communicate communion community comparisons complete compromise concerning concerns confessed confess confidence confident conflict connected connection contentment context control conviction convince corrected correcting created create creation crucifixation culture daily decide delivers description deserved deserve desie designed desired desires desire desrtuction destiny develop direction directly direct disappeared discouraged discovered discover embrace embracing emotional emotions emotion encounter encouraged encouragement encouragers encourages encourage encouraging endure engaged engage engaging enjoyed enjoys enjoy enslaved equip eternal eternity evaluate everlasting excitement expand express faithfully faithfulness faithful faith favor fear feelings feeling fellowship focus followed followers follower following follow forgave forgiveness forgiven forgive foundation freedom free fresh friendship friends fulfilled gave generous gifts given givers giver give giving glad glimpse glorfiy glorify glorious glory godly goodness gospel grace grateful grieve grow guidance happy hardship healed healing hearing hearts heart heaven help holy honors honor hopeful hopeless hopes hope humbly impact importance important innocent inspiration interest intimately investment invitation journey joy knowing knowledge known leadership lead leaning learning learn lonely longing loved love loving marriage meditate meditation memeber merciful mercy message minds minister ministry miracle missing mission moment nourishment obedience obedient obey observer operate opinions opportunities oppressed overcome overwhelmed passion pastors patient peace peae perfect perform plan pleasing pondering powerful power praised praises praise praising prayers prayer praying pray preacher preaching preach presence prevent primary principle probelm problem process proclaim produce promised promises promise prosperous prosper protecting protect proud proved provide purity purpose pursuing raise realize rebelling receive recieved recuperation redemption refuse reignite rejected relationship religion religious remember reminds repentance repent respect responsibility resurrection return reveals royalty running sacrifice safe salvation satisfy saved save scriptual secured seeking seek seperation sermon servant served server serve shame share sharing significance sinners sin soul speak spirirt spiritually spiritual spirit spread standing strength stress struggle struggling submit substain suffering support surrender surround talents teaches teach tears temptation tempted thoughtful tradition troubling true truly trusting trust truth trutyh unbelievers unshamed valuable values value violated wants willingly willing wisdom wise witnessed witness worrying worry worshipping worship wrath