“Nevertheless….thou hast left thy first love (Revelation 2:4)
We have come to a critical issue in our discourse as we’re called to sincerely evaluate our commitment to the LOVER OF OUR SOULS. The issue of first love can be perfectly understood by lovers because of the emotion and passion attached to it. No doubt something must have occurred before tightly knitted lovers will suddenly develop cold feet towards each other! However when it comes to our relationship with the Lord, trace the problem to human beings (James 1:13). Below are some traits common to first lovers:
They are always fond of each other. If you’re to consider the level of affection you had when you first met Jesus Christ with what it is today, what score will you give yourself out of 10?
First lovers are prepared to go extra length to please each other without any complain. Can you do something for Jesus Christ (and by extension your neighbour) that will challenge your comfort and be void of complaints? Are we not seeing an avalanche of display of selfishness and complaints in the body of Christ today?
Errors and mistakes are not even noticed by first lovers in their relationship; and if at all mentioned, they’re quick to resolve and overlook them. Grumblings, ungodly complaints and jealousy are rife in the Church today and these have made the Church a toxic place for outsiders to come in.
First lovers are quick to adjust, fan the amber of their love to make it aglow again. Through wear and tear as well as challenges of life, we’re likely to experience weariness, discouragement and misunderstanding in our relationship with Jesus Christ and others, but that should not be a valid reason why the tempo of our love be reduced or relationship be broken.
Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent and do the first works……(Rev 2:5; 22:12).