A God kind of love.
The kind of love that no one has the power to take from you.That love that instills every fiber of your being when you repent of your sins and you know without a doubt Christ is in you,and you in Him.
That kind of love.
The love that all of Hell trembles at. A difference making love.A separating kind of love.A redeeming love.
The kind of love that the devil cannot stand and would do anything in his power to rip from you.
And he will,if you permit him to do so.
Did you notice that? “If you will permit him to do so”. Satan cannot take it from you…but you can let him have it.
Somehow we in the church have believed a lie,a lie that says that Satan can’t take anything from us. That we are super saints,immune to his deceptions.
Have you ever thought of this?
Jesus wrote about this to one of the seven churches in the book of Revelation,the church at Ephesus.
“To the angel of the church of Ephesus write,
‘These things says He who holds the seven stars in His right hand,who walks in the midst of the seven golden lamp stands: 2 “I know your works, your labor, your patience, and that you cannot bear those who are evil. And you have tested those who say they are apostles and are not, and have found them liars; 3 and you have persevered and have patience, and have labored for My name’s sake and have not become weary. 4 Nevertheless I have this against you, that you have left your first love. 5 Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent and do the first works, or else I will come to you quickly and remove your lamp stand from its place—unless you repent.
To this church Jesus had several encouraging,uplifting things to say.Who among us would not be thrilled to hear our Lord tell us that He knows our works,our labors,our perseverance? All of us would give just about anything to know that we were pleasing Him in some way!
But Jesus doesn’t stop there,does He?
Unfortunately for this church,this same Jesus that encouraged is also the same Jesus that must address something that has gone horribly wrong.Read again verse four:
“Nevertheless I have this against you, that you have left your first love.”
First love? What is that?
The first love Jesus is referring to is the immeasurable love for God and man that floods our hearts when we turn to Jesus and repent.It’s that love that forgives all who have wronged us.It’s that love that washes our blackened hearts clean.It’s a vibrant love,an all encompassing love. A love so intimate that it cannot be experienced apart from Christ.
That’s the first love Jesus is referring to here.
Do you see how verse four is carefully worded? Jesus stated that this church had left it’s first love.That can only mean that at one time they had it,but now it’s gone.
Jesus went even further when He told them that they were “fallen”!They did not lose their first love. That would be different. They left it. And because they did this they are described as “fallen”.
How is this possible you ask? They left their first love which means they intentionally gave it up! Who would do such a thing? How could anyone do this? To go from a “first love”experience to “fallen” almost defies the imagination!
Many times I have heard it said of someone who has left the church that they lost their first love. That they had rejected Christ and turned back to the world.Likely you know of people like this as well.
But there is a huge problem with saying that someone lost their first love: it’s not true!
It cannot be true because Jesus said that they have left their first love. Big difference!
Having left their first love describes a willful act of disobedience. Not like “losing”your car keys,or “losing” a glove.Those things happen.
All of this brings me to the point I wanted to make,which is this:
If the Lord were to inquire of us,all of us,you and me us, as to whether or not we have retained our own “first love”,how would we answer Him? If He were to ask us if our love for Him and each other was just as strong,just as vibrant as it was when we first came to Christ,how would we answer?
Would we say to Him “I must have lost it someplace,or I thought I had it”? You already know what His response would be,don’t you?
You cannot lose your first love any more than anyone can take it from you.
But you can leave it.
So yes,let’s talk about love. Our first love.And doing everything in our power to keep it alive.By keeping the lines of communication open to Him….always.
Something to think about…