Revelation 2:4 - How Is Your First Love?
Rev.2:4; How Is Your First Love?
Rev 2:4 (TEV) But this is what I have against you: you do not
love me now as you did at first. Think how far you have fallen! Turn
from your sins and do what you did at first. If you don't turn from
your sins, I will come to you and take your lampstand from its place.
They had abandoned that eagerness to please and devotion that
characterizes first love. [Ryrie SB]
They had lost their zeal for God. They were a busy church--the
members did much to benefit themselves and the community--but they were
acting out of the wrong motives. Work for God must be motivated by love
for God or it will not last. [Life Application SB]
The warmth of their first love is frozen up, and unless they are
watered over by the baptism of the Holy Spirit, their candlestick will
be removed out of its place, except they repent and do their first
works. The first works of the church were seen when the believers
sought out friends, relatives, and acquaintances, and with hearts
overflowing with love told the story of what Jesus was to them and what they
were to Jesus......
Selfishness mars all that unconsecrated workers do. They have
need to pray always, but they do not. They need to watch unto prayer.
They have need to feel the sacredness of the work, but they do not
feel this. They handle sacred things as they do common things.
Spiritual things are spiritually discerned, and until they can drink of
the water of life, and Christ be in them as a well of water
springing up unto everlasting life, they will refresh no one, bless no
one; and except they repent, their candlestick will be removed out of
its place. There is need of enduring patience, of invincible
charity, of omnipotent faith in the work of saving souls. Self must not
be prominent. Wisdom from Christ must be exercised in dealing with
human minds. Every worker who deals with souls successfully must come
to the work divested of self......
Those who do not learn every day in the school of Christ, who do
not spend much time in earnest prayer, are not fit to handle the
work of God in any of its branches; for if they do, human depravity
will surely overcome them and they will lift up their souls unto
Just as when a man and woman fall in love, so also new believers
rejoice at their newfound forgiveness. But when we lose sight of the
seriousness of sin, we begin to lose the thrill of our forgiveness. In the
first steps of your Christian life, you may have had enthusiasm
without knowledge. Do you now have knowledge without enthusiasm? Both
are necessary if we are to keep love for God intense and
untarnished. Do you love God with the same fervor as when you were a new
Christian? [Life Application SB]