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Maintaining Your First Love

 

Revelation 2:2-4 says “I know your deeds and your toil and perseverance, and that you cannot tolerate evil men, and you put to the test those who call themselves apostles, and they are not, and you found them to be false; and you have perseverance and have endured for My name’s sake, and have not grown weary. But I have this against you, that you have left your first love.”

How do you maintain your first love? It is very much related to our Lord’s instruction in prayer—“give us this day our daily bread” (Lk 11:3). Every day we have needs—physical, emotional, and spiritual. The lukewarm state is characterized by our Lord’s words “Because you say, ‘I am rich, and have become wealthy, and have need of nothing,’ and you do not know that you are wretched and miserable and poor and blind and naked.” This is the condition that is so distasteful to Christ. He does not reprimand us for feeling needy but rather for feeling self-sufficient.

A spirit of self-sufficiency hinders our abiding relationship and the maintaining of our first love. A first love relationship with Christ is sustained by realizing each day and each moment that we need to look to the sufficiency of our Lord for every need in our life. We started this relationship at the moment of our salvation when we realized we could in no way save ourselves. In that state we look to Christ alone and found him sufficient. It is the same faith by which we are to live the Christian life. Colossians 2:6 says, “therefore as you have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him.” We can exercise this faith in prayer as we look to the Lord moment by moment for every need in our lives.

Ask the Lord to reveal to you any way that you are consciously or unconsciously displaying a spirit of self-sufficiency. Repent of this and ask Him to overwhelm you afresh with his amazing love for you that you can better respond to loving Him and loving others. We love because He first loved us, and we maintain this love relationship in a spirit of vulnerability and dependence on our Lord for everything we think, say, and do day by day. May you trust Him for your daily bread today.