Nevertheless I have [this] against you,
that you have left your first love.
~ Revelation 2:4 ~
Our Lord used two different pastors, on the same day, who shared on two different books of the Bible, to reveal the condition of my heart. Today I’ll share on how the first pastor’s message affected me, and tomorrow the second pastor’s insights.
The first pastor spoke on Revelation 2:4, “Nevertheless I have [this] against you, that you have left your first love.”
He began with “Love usually creeps up on you when you least expect it…It can go away as mysteriously as it came.” He also said that the message Jesus was giving His people was, “You guys don’t love me the way you did before; you’ve left—fallen from that place of love.”
He then went on to share the Greek meanings of the words first and left: First means first in value, quality; left is used to express “to put away from you; for a person divorcing their spouse.” In essence it means, “You’re divorcing your first love.”
Then he said, “Something in your life has caused you to actually leave that initial love; that love that matters most…You’ve done this to your first love.” He said that the busyness of our lives can completely suffocate our first love; that our first love can wane because other things have taken its place.
My heart cringed as I realized that sometimes I have divorced or put away from me Jesus, the One who is to be first in value, first in love in my life, in pursuit of meaningless things.
It was a brutal insight into how I treat the One whom I profess to love. Nevertheless, I was encouraged to repent and place Him in the correct position, as my first love.
This is my prayer, Father, I come to You in the name of my Lord Jesus, and ask You to forgive me for leaving my first love and replacing it with the activities and busyness of my life. Help me to abide in You so that my love for You will not wane but remain fervent, amen.
Lord bless you with an increasing love for Himself.