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Scripture: Rev. 2:1-7

1 “To the angel of the church in Ephesus write: ‘The words of him who holds the seven stars in his right hand, who walks among the seven golden lampstands. 2 “‘I know your works, your toil and your patient endurance, and how you cannot bear with those who are evil, but have tested those who call themselves apostles and are not, and found them to be false. 3 I know you are enduring patiently and bearing up for my name’s sake, and you have not grown weary. 4 But I have this against you, that you have abandoned the love you had at first. 5 Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent, and do the works you did at first. If not, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place, unless you repent. 6 Yet this you have: you hate the works of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate. 7 He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who conquers I will grant to eat of the tree of life, which is in the paradise of God.’

 

Jesus commended the church of Ephesus:

  • Their Devotion: “I know your deeds, your hard work and perseverance”
  • Their Discernment: “I know that you cannot tolerate wicked men, that you have tested those who claim to be apostles, but are not, and have found them false”
  • Their Determination: “You have persevered and have endured hardships for my name, and have not grown weary

Yet I hold this against you: You have forsaken the love you had at first” (v.4)

Not that they did not love Him, but they left their first love.

It is about the sense of discovery I had at first – that Jesus loves me and I love Him dearly.

 

Symptoms of a loss of first love – Loss of:

  1. Joy and Glow
  2. Ability to Love Others
  3. Godly Perspectives of Ourselves

 

Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent and do the works you did at first” (v.5)

 

1. Keep On REMEMBERING

Recalling again and again

2. REPENT

A change of mind; a change in action

3. REPEAT the works you did at first

 

Peer Pressure: The 5Cs

  • Gen X & Before: Condo; Cash; Cars; Credit Cards; Country Clubs
  • Millennials: Career; Change; (Internet) Connection; Competition; Cash

for “the earth is the Lord’s, and all its fullness” (1 Cor 10:26)

 

By: Ps Catherine Chan

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