“Yet I hold this against you: You have forsaken your first love. Remember the height from which you have fallen! Repent and do the things you did at first…” (Revelation 2:4-5 NIV)
The Christians in Ephesus were well known for their love. When Paul writes to them in the letter to the Ephesians he thanks God for them. He had heard of their faith and their love. Imagine the perfect setting, a fellowship that’s been named ’full of love’. Everyone should want to come to such a fellowship and join in.
Nonetheless, it’s to the congregation in Ephesus that the book of Revelation aims its sharp reprimand. The Lord accuses them for forsaking their first love. What a tragic development – from being commended for their love to being accused of forsaking their love. But the Bible’s words don’t conclude with the reprimand but instead continues by expressing the remedy. There is a way back!
In the early part of the Christian life one lives as though drunk on love. Think about the first time you were filled with love. When we consciously think of something positive it awakes the longing to experience it again. Then it’s easy to turn back to God and repeat the acts of love.
God, You are love. Your love beckons me to live near You and to be filled with the same Love. Forgive me for so easily forsaking the first love. Thank You for providing a way back.