First love - a place where His grace and mercy toward us in our sin is so overwhelming that we are so thankful for all that He has done for us in Jesus that we just want to share to everyone around us who He is. It’s a place of freedom, of passion and zeal, it’s a place of trust and security, it’s a place where God will do what He said he will do. We are invincible; we can do anything because Christ lives in us. It’s a place where we love others so easily.
Some indicators I have been pondering on that could point to a forgotten first love:
- If we find ourselves continually judging or pointing of the finger at others then I believe we have forgotten our first love because we have forgotten the grace given to us in our sin, that we can't give it to others in their failures or challenges.
- If we find ourselves running away from situations that can be challenging then I believe we have forgotten our first love and the knowledge that God loves us and we have nothing to fear and He can help us in that situation we may find ourselves in.
- If we find ourselves unable to love people as Christ loves us, then I believe we have forgotten our first love, because we cannot love others, without first remembering His love for us.
- If I am no longer giving generously to peoples needs around me or to the church then I have forgotten who my God is and His love for me.
“Lord remind me of my first love. Remind me of your love for me and what you have done on the cross for me in setting me free. Give me a greater revelation of your love for me which in turn, I can love others with. Forgive me Lord where I have not loved others as you love me, where I have held things against others which you have set me free from. Remind me afresh of your mercy and your power and how big you are that you can provide for all of my needs according to your glorious riches in Christ Jesus. Thank you Lord”
Rev 2:7 “To him who overcomes, I will give the right to eat from the tree of life, which is in the paradise of God.”