Returning to our first love
In Revelation 2, we read the letter to the church at Ephesus. Although Jesus praises the church for its patience, perseverance and discernment, He has one thing against them - they have left their first love. But note how seriously Jesus takes this. He requires the church to repent, and to do so quickly! This shows us how seriously He takes the loss of our first love. I often hear people say that we need to get back to our first love for Jesus, but no one ever suggests that to have lost it is sin, and that we need to repent of it. And not only is it sin, but Jesus tells the church at Ephesus that it is so serious that they must repent quickly - not just some time in the future when we get around to it. We need to repent of losing our first love, of doing the right stuff without the passion for Jesus, and we need to do so right now!
We know that the relationship between a husband and wife is designed to reflect the relationship between Christ and His church. If losing our first love in our relationship with the Lord is so serious, what about losing our first love for our spouse? Do you remember when you fell in love, when you knew he/she was The One, when you were engaged, when you were newlyweds? That’s the first love we need to return to. It’s not a cliche, it’s a serious matter, and it needs to happen now, not next week, next month or next year. Consider today how you can return to your first love, for the Lord and for your spouse.