Intimacy with Jesus: Loving Jesus with the Love We Started with
These people honour me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. They worship me in vain; their teachings are merely human rules.
Yet I hold this against you: You have forsaken the love you had at first. Consider how far you have fallen! Repent and do the things you did at first.
I said, ‘Plant the good seeds of righteousness, and you will harvest a crop of love. Plough up the hard ground of your hearts, for now is the time to seek the LORD, that he may come and shower righteousness upon you.’
When Moses began to teach the children of Israel the commands, decrees, and laws of God one- emphatic stood-out and that was: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.” John said, “we love him, because He first loved us.” Another verse stands-out in the book of Revelation metaphorically on this point regarding Heart Matters, and it goes: I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! 16 So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth. (The Lord Jesus speaking in John’s Revelation 3:15,16)
As I have meditated on Revelation 2:4 about “first love” and the other verses which deal more with the heart- it finally dawned on me- nothing that would look like a “return to first love” (the way we loved Him when we first became intimate with Him) would look like following some kind of “letter of the law.” First love wouldn’t be all law-ish. Rather- it all began with the Grace, Love, and Mercy of God and for us to return to Him with everything- it would all be because of God’s Grace, Love, and Mercy. Tis why the verse that John gives us is so important: “We love him, because He first loved us.”
Allowing all that God did at the beginning til now In The Name of Love will lead us to a watershed moment again and again with checks and stops (or Signs and Wonders and Providence leading onward- like a Polar Bear recently appearing at a cross standing up and 100% looked like it was praying) that always lead us back to the Good Shepherd who “loved us and gave Himself for us.” (Paul) Allow the Grace and Love of God to grip your heart over the matter of His goodness and remember it is always He who initiates our Exodus back to Him in first love and with all our heart.