Today’s devotion for today is based on Revelation 2:3,4: “You have persevered and have endured hardships for my name, and have not grown weary. Yet … you have forsaken the love you had at first.”
John commended the congregation in Ephesus for the way they endured and persevered through hardship, but he had an issue with them: they had forsaken their first love.
Do you remember what it felt like when you first fell in love? Do you remember the intensity of your emotion, the can’t-think-about-anything-else feeling? However, love often wanes. We can find ourselves going through the motions, getting into a rut, taking each other for granted, and drifting apart. You have to work at a relationship.
It’s the same with our relationship with God. Our love and devotion for him can wane. We don’t intend to forsake him or our love for him, but we can find ourselves going through the motions before we even know it. We can do all the right things, but it becomes more of a ritual than a relationship.
The good news is that God’s love for us never wanes. He loves us literally in a way that is ‘to die for,’ as they say. He loves us passionately, deeply, and completely. Wherever you are in your relationship with God, he is calling to you today: ‘Come to me, be with me, let me show you how much I love you.’
Please pray with me the prayer for today: Heavenly Father, gracious God, creator and sustainer of all things, seen and unseen, thank you that your love for me never changes. Open my heart and mind to the depth of your incredible love. Forgive me for the times I have neglected our relationship or drifted away. Help me to grow in my love for you. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen