Revelation 2:1-7

Nevertheless I have this against you, that you have left your first love. Revelation 2:4

The church at Ephesus was commended for many things. It was a wonderful body of believers, known for their service, sacrifice, perseverance, and suffering. Yet the Lord had a key criticism of them: “I have this against you, that you have left your FIRST LOVE” (Revelation 2:4).

Their “first love” was Jesus Christ. Their activities and demonstrations of grace to others were admirable, but outside of a growing, intimate relationship with Jesus, those things were of no real value.

That is how important Jesus considers your relationship with Him. Whether you slowly drift away from closeness with Him or make the conscious choice to be consumed with other things, the result is the same— a feeling of distance from the Lord and a hollowness to your days.

Rest assured, however, that God has not pulled away from you. He longs for fellowship with you; He sent His Son to die for that purpose. If you feel you have lost your first love, or are somewhere in that process, do not be discouraged. Satan would love nothing more than for depression and thoughts of defeat to drive you away from the Lord.

Don’t believe the statements such as, “I’ve wandered too far to come back,” or “It will take a while before God wants to hear my prayers.” He wants to talk to you right now. Come on back to the Cross!

I’m coming back to the Cross, Lord. Renew my first love as I have a divine encounter with the POWER of the CROSS.

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