Leaving Our First Love

Revelation 2:4
Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love.

Can this be said of us at times? Does Jesus have somewhat against us because we have left Him behind in our lives? Have we sought something or someone else above Him? Maybe we need to fall in love with Jesus all over again. Maybe we need to surrender to Him anew and be sure to hold nothing back. Maybe we just need a simple reminder of who He is and what He’s done.

Can we think back to those first precious moments where we realized our need for a Savior, like a gaping hole inside of us that needed to be filled? Can we remember the first time our heart was pierced with the sharp, focused point of Jesus’ love for us? Can we remember the first time the refreshing shower of forgiveness poured down upon us and we were cleansed and knew what it meant to be set free? Can we remember our shaky, trembling first steps as baby Christians as we stood up and went to Jesus?

Like looking through a photo album, those moments can pass through our minds. But let’s examine our hearts and find what has dimmed our emotion and lessened the fervor of our love for our Savior. Was it sin? Was it some disappointment? A person? An untruth we allowed to corrupt our minds? We can ask God to help us pinpoint what it was that led us astray and then seek to restore a right relationship with Him.

As we’ve grown and matured, have we kept walking toward our Savior? Has our love deepened as we’ve served Him and learned to trust Him more and more? Or have we left our first love? Then let us come and fall at His feet anew. Let us confess that we’ve wandered away and lent out our hearts to other loves and other lords. Let’s come with a humble heart and bow before Jesus and recommit our hearts to Him. Let us think upon His sweet words of truth and life. Let us step into the path of His love and let it sweep us off our feet and create in us a new desire to serve Him and please Him. Yes, we may have left, but we can always come back. His love for us stands strong, for though we may cease to love, His is an eternal flame that can never be extinguished.


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