Revelation 2:5

The Revelation

“Yet I hold this against you: You have forsaken the love you had at first.” Revelation 2:4

Busyness, or when things come to a screeching boring halt, the cares of this world, difficult trying circumstances that we have no control over, slipping into the comfort of the day to day, allowing a bit of yeast to creep into our hearts, and a myriad of other things can all contribute to a love that cools and gets stale.

But there is a remedy for this challenge that the Lord has given.

“Consider how far you have fallen! Repent and do the things you did at first. If you do not repent, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place.” Revelation 2:5

Repent and do.

First, take an assessment. Ask yourself how far you have fallen. Where were you and where are you now? Be honest. What took you away?

Repent. Turn around, don’t walk. Run! Run right into the arms of the Savior. Confess it all to Him.

The bottom line is that we have to own it. We don’t make excuses, blame others, minimize. We admit our sins to the Lord and ask Him to forgive us. He promises us He will. He wipes the slate completely clean.

Then the mandate is to do. Do the things we did at first. In our earthly relationships, love equals time. If we want to grow in love we have to spend time together. So, spend time with the Lord.

Read the Bible. We can wrap ourselves up in His wonderful Word, breathing in the sweetness.

Pray. We can spend time basking in the sunlight of His presence, immersing ourselves in love and brightness and enjoying our walk with Him. We can become very serious about our prayer life and determine to do battle on our knees.

Meet with other Christians for church and Bible study. Other believers spur us on to love and good deeds.

Share the Gospel. Seeing a baby born is one of life’s grandest moments. Seeing someone born into the Kingdom is one of eternity’s grandest moments.

Sing praises to the Lord. Psalm 22:3 tells us that God inhabits the praises of His people. He is right here with us when we open our hearts wide in worship and praise and honor and adoration.

In other words, get busy in the Kingdom. Being in His Word and in His presence, causes us to fall more in love with Him.

Repent and do the things you did at first!

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