"Nevertheless I have somewhat against
because thou hast left thy first love."
We have all
heard the saying
makes the heart grow fonder."
do not believe this to be entirely
true at all
when we are first absent from a
that might be the case.
But as time
goes on, the opposite might be
sight out of mind."
relationship needs to be nurtured, be
it in the
spiritual or natural realm.
Communication is vital, without it,
misunderstandings and hurt feelings happen.
intense, special, and oh so fragile.
especially so. The newness, the
anticipation of hearing a loved
of seeing and holding them.
When I was
first born-again, I remember
that the sky
never looked so blue, the birds
such sweet melodies! I was so
in love with
my Jesus! I wanted everyone
I knew (and
didn't know) to have this
I had "zeal", but not 'according
If I am not
careful, I will find myself
taking the love of Jesus for granted.
I might not
spend as much time in the Word
as I should,
might not pray as I should,
talk about Jesus as I should. I
commune with Him one-on-one,
His voice, obeying His commands.
So it is
with love in the natural realm
neglect to meet the needs of my
causing him to feel 'left out' and
unappreciated. I might not talk to him,
him, or admire or respect
I might find myself taking
his love for
granted; not trying to nourish
Scripture verse, Jesus had just
the Church of Ephesus. Then
rebuke. Isn't that just like our
Jesus! He is
so loving and gentle, yet
just! He tells them to 'repent'
and do their
'first works.' Or He will come
their candlestick out of that place.
commends them, and then rebukes
commends them again!
It is a
serious thing to leave our 'first love.'
We will have
to take the consequences and
those consequences are very painful
and hard to
bear. But it is our own doing,
and what we
sow we must also reap.
forgive, and forget, but our
spouses/friends/children/parents may not.
The hurt may
be far too deep for it to be healed.
We need to
take the time to renew our first
the Spiritual and the natural realms,
we need to
nourish, protect, and
So that we
will not have to hear the Lord or
your first love."