How to Revive the First Love for God
The Lord says, “Nevertheless I have this against you, that you have left your first love” (Revelation 2:4). The Spirit says, “Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent and do the first works” (Revelation 2:5). Love is the only sign of discipleship “By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another” (John 13:35). And Jesus warned the believers that, “Because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold” (Matthew 24:12).
The first step to revive our first love is to remove sin from the heart. The Bible states that sin cuts the connection between us and the Lord. “But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear” (Isaiah 59:2). When we confess our sins and repent, He promises to forgive us (1 John 1:9).
The second step to revive our first love is listen to God’s voice through the Bible. When we study the scriptures we hear God speak to us by His Spirit. The Psalmist writes, “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path” (Psalm 119:105).
The third step to revive our first love is to speak to the Lord through prayer. Jesus gives us the model for prayer in Matthew 6:9-13.
The fourth step to revive our first love is to be part of the body of Christ (church). The Psalms show us many calls from God to His people to come and worship the Lord (Psalm 95:1-2).
The fifth step to revive our first love is to obey the Lord. Jesus tells His disciples, “If you love me, keep my commandments” (John 14:23).
The sixth step to revive our first love is to witness of God’s love. Jesus says, “But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth” (Acts 1:8).
If we take these six steps toward the Lord, He promises to revive our first love. “But if from thence thou shalt seek the LORD thy God, thou shalt find him, if thou seek him with all thy heart and with all thy soul” (Deuteronomy 4:29).
In His service,