Your first love
v.5 Yet, I hold this against you: You have forsaken your first love.
The church at Ephesus was hardworking and faithful amidst many trials, but it lacked love. From God’s perspective, this was a very serious omission indeed.
Sometimes a cup of tea goes cold almost imperceptibly and we too, can grow cold in our love for and commitment to the Lord – sometimes hardly noticing how far we have drifted over the years. Lack of love for the Lord can quickly translate into lack of love for his people. Before long, someone who considers themselves one of the pillars of the church, can even be a cause of its division.
Dear loving Lord, help me not to regard hard work as a substitute for love. Refill me with the love I once had for you and your people through the power of the Holy Spirit. Amen.