Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Forsaking Your First Love

In keeping with reposting oldies but goodies, here's another one from last summer. 

"I have something against you, namely, that you have forsaken your first love." Rev. 2:4

I've recently re-started Beth Moore's Revelation series (I started at the beginning of the summer and then started another study at church--so now I'm back to the first one) and she is so dynamic! I just LOVE her. She has such a way with women...OK moving on--my purpose is not to talk about how great Beth is--but she is great, isn't she?

On the third teaching CD she is talking about Rev. 2&3. She goes into detail about only one of the letters to the churches leaving the others for the student to figure out for herself. One thing she said stood out to me with such force I had to address it (mostly for myself, but you're lucky enough to get to share my rambling thoughts). The church at Ephesus had forsaken their first love. They did so many other things that got God's attention for the good, but they had a fault that I think a lot of us Christians today have. They forsook (is that a word) their love for God.

I so don't want to be that person! I don't want to be found lacking in my love for Him, do you? So how do we love Him with a love we can be proud of? Good question, I mean can you really love God as He deserves? That I don't know, but I do know the Word says in 1 John 4:19 that-"We love because He first loved us."

What should we do in response to such an amazing love from Him? It's easier said than done I think. When Jesus came He abolished the Law and the old Covenant and left His church two simple commands: to love the Lord with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength AND to love your neighbor as yourself (Matt. 27: 37-39). Easy right? Yeah, OK. I can follow two things...I've got the love the Lord one down!! But love my neighbor as myself? Depends on who the neighbor is right? I don't think Jesus was talking about just our next door neighbor either. I think He meant ALL people...even the crazy terrorist ones (He died for them the same as He did you and me). Not so easy anymore. I need to work on loving my neighbor and I pray that God'll give me His eyes to see others as He does--then it will be easy to love them.

I think if I choose to love others and love Him, then I am actively pursuing Him, not forsaking Him and that's exactly where I want to be.

No-I didn't finish the study.  I had a baby 6 weeks early and then got involved in a local Women's Bible Study group!


Mark@3-fold said...

Great post!

I think the best things we can do to show our love for such an amazing Creator/God/Savior is to love Him with all are heart, mind, and soul; and to be completely obedient to His Commands, and His Word. If we do these things, everything else will fall into place.

Great read! Blessings to you and yours,


Phather Phil Malmstrom said...

Another wonderful repost Allison. 1 John 4:19 makes a very fundamental, but powerful point; We are meant to follow His example, and walk closely in His footsteps.

Have a Blessed Day!

Heidi said...

It is hard sometimes to love the unlovely, but the blessing of obedience is worth it! Great post! Hope you're having a wonderful Spring Break :)

Debbie Dillon said...

I've missed seeing you around! Great post, though. Gotta echo what Heidi said: "but the blessing of obedience is worth it!" Amen! Hope you're enjoying your time away!

Crystal Mary said...

Well said.
I believe I love Him...but I don't believe I can really know what love is, until I meet Him face to face..Why do I say this??? I am just too human to have the heart of God..I do love Him, I do desire to be closer to Him, but I will never ever be good enough. Thank God, He died for me, I could never do it alone. xxxCM