Posted by: peebles | September 20, 2011

Revelation 2:5 (NIV) ~ Do the things you did at first.

Make time for each other – just as you make time for God, make time for each other, and make time for family and for time with your husband or wife. Think back to when you first starting dating the woman, who is now your wife, didn’t you pursue her with your love? Didn’t you take time to be romantic with her? You, in a sense, wooed her, you took the time to listen to her and learn all about her. You would dress to impress her; you make the time to be alone with her in moments of romantic bliss. You even told her you loved her, and how beautiful she was, and you paid her compliments. You spoke to her with gentle loving tones and treated her with respect. You would buy her a bunch of flowers just because she was worth it. You blessed her with an unexpected gift at an unexpected time, with no hidden motives and without expecting anything in return. You just wanted her to know that you loved her, and that to you she was the most beautiful woman in the world.

What has happened since you got married? Have you now let complacency slip in, have you now stopped pursuing her with your love? When was the last time you even brought her some flowers and told her you love her and how beautiful she looks now, without wanting anything in reply, just doing it simply because you love her? Keep the element of surprise; let your love for her always be fresh and alive. Never take her granted, or treat her with even a hint of familiarity, but cherish her and love her. Find out what makes her happy, spend time with her and build on the foundation of love everyday between the two of you and your family. If your fire has grown dim, and your love for her grown cold, do you find yourself arguing over trivial matters? Then, ask yourself this question, “What has happened?” Just because you are now married to her does not mean you can stop pursuing her with your love, or looking for ways to bless her and let her know how much you love her.

Since you entered into a relationship with Jesus, are you still as in love with Him? Do you love Him with the same passion you had from the first minute you fell in love with Jesus? Do you still want to find out what pleases the LORD? Do you still make time for Him and spend time reading His love letter to you from the Bible? Does your love for the things of God and His kingdom burn with a fire and passion? If not, then maybe, just maybe, it is time to take on board and meditate upon and apply our text for today from Revelation 2:5 (NIV), “Do the things you did at first.”

My friend, find out what pleases the LORD and pursue Him with your love afresh, all over again. As you do so, may the LORD rekindle your flame and may your relationship with the LORD burn with a fire and passion once more. Just do the things you did at first. Can you say, “Falling in love with Jesus is the best thing I have ever done”? Follow hard after Jesus Christ with all of your heart. Then, you too, can sing with your heart, spirit and soul the words from this gospel song written by Mark Pendergrass:

The greatest thing is all my life is loving You,

The greatest thing in all my life is loving You,

I want to love You more, love You more,

The greatest thing in all my life is loving You.

God bless you my friend, Matthew.

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