Thursday 7 September 2017

Restoring our first love

Day 32 (07 Sept 2017, Thursday)

The church at Ephesus was commended in their:  1) Performance - they excelled in good works;  2) Purity of doctrine - they discerned and overcame false doctrine;  and 3)  Perseverance - they endured hardship.  But they failed in this one area:  ‘first love’.

“I know your works, your toil and your patient endurance, …I know you are enduring patiently and bearing up for my name’s sake, and you have not grown weary.  But I have this against you, that you have abandoned the love you had at first.  Remember therefore from where you have fallen;  repent, and do the works you did at first…. “ (Revelation 2:2-5).

Hope in God produces faith in Christ Jesus and it motivates us to love all the saints (Colossians 1:4-5).  “First love” is the glow and excitement we had when we first believed in Christ.  With great joy, we served God and testified for Him.  But as we progressed in our spiritual walk, things became routine.  Neither do we spontaneously burst out in worship nor do we seek Him or serve others as earnestly as we used to.

We are called to love God by obeying His commandments (John 14:20), and our good works must be motivated by love (1 Corinthians 13:3).  We must not be driven by our selfish motives like seeking after money, fame or satisfying our personal pride.  It is time for us to examine our hearts and be restored in our first love for Him.  It will be easier for us to pray with compassion when we love our nation and people with the love of God.

Pray for the Youth of our Land 

Pray for God to ignite the fire of revival among the youths, that they will grow up to be men and women who are passionate about the Lord Jesus Christ, and they will have a strong witness among their peers.
Pray for every hindrance to be removed in their spiritual walk with God.

Pray for anointing and strength of God to rest upon the youth pastors, leaders and workers, for them to have vision and courage to spearhead new things, and for a strong mentoring from the spiritual “fathers and mothers” around them who will stand with them through thick and thin.

Pray for Christian fellowships to be established and to grow in schools, colleges and universities, so that this vast mission field will witness a tremendous harvest.

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