Rekindling Your First Love

Loving God and Others

Can you describe your marriage? Is it red hot, lukewarm, or just plain cold to the touch? Many divorces occur simply because spouses are too busy to pay attention to their love temperatures. The same can be said about our love for the Lord. When was the last time you felt excited to spend time with God? Can you recall a recent time when God did something amazing for you? If you struggle to answer, then you might need to take your temperature and begin rekindling your first love, because scripture tells us Jesus is paying attention.

“Yet I hold this against you: You have forsaken your first love…I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth.
(Revelation 2:4 and 3:15-16).

First Love is Not Just About Jesus

That’s sounds so wrong. Isn’t Jesus supposed to be our first love? Yes he is, but not just him and here’s why. 

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Your Loss Can Become An Amazing Thing

Overcoming loss

If You Bring It To God

On October 11 in my daily devotional,* there is a poem about evaluating our lives. It reads,

Measure your life by loss and not by gain,
Not by the wine drunk but by the wine poured forth.
For love’s strength is found in love’s sacrifice,
And he who suffers most has most to give.

Wow, this is so deep when we take a moment to measure our losses compared to our gains. Answering these questions, let’s think about where we’ve grown the most emotionally and spiritually.

  • Which taught us the greatest lessons?
  • What produced the most intense closeness with God?
  • Which built our level of faith to trust God during a future loss?
  • Did loss or gain increase our compassion for others?

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