Love is not something you lose. It’s something you leave. The church at Ephesus was a light burning bright with their love for Jesus. They refused to bow a knee to idolatry and kept a pure theology, but they started doing all the right things for the wrong reasons. They had lost their first love, and Jesus warned them in Revelation 2:4-5 that their light would soon die if they didn’t repent.
HOW DO YOU KNOW YOU’VE LEFT YOUR FIRST LOVE?
You’re driven more for knowledge about God than the knowledge of God.
You love for the temporal more than the eternal.
You make allowances for “small” sins in your life.
You’re going through the “motions” and giving the minimum rather than truly living on mission.
WHAT DO YOU DO WHEN YOU’VE LEFT YOUR FIRST LOVE?
The road back to love is always the same:
Remember where you were when you started.
Repent of anything you’ve loved more than your “first love.”
Return and do the “first works” from when your love began.
YOU DON’T SIMPLY SERVE THAT WHICH YOU LOVE; YOU LOVE THAT WHICH YOU SERVE.
To Jesus, the only definition of love is sacrifice! Love means dying to self to live for another. Love is more than something you feel—it’s something you choose. It’s more than an emotion—it’s something you put in motion.
WE ARE THE LIGHT SHINING FOR CHRIST IN OUR MODERN-DAY CULTURE.
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