Revelation 2:4 – leaving your best love

Revelation 2:4 – Nevertheless I have this against you, that you have left your first love.

While the Ephesians had a “labor of love” (Hebrews 6:10) toward other believers, they had abandoned their “first love.” The “first love” is undoubtedly that for the Lord. The Lord applauded believers at Ephesus for their “labor of love” toward other believers, through their works. The love we are to have towards others is the second of the two greatest commandments given by the Lord. However, these believers were apparently lacking in obedience to the first commandment:

“Left thy first love”: To be a Christian is to love the Lord Jesus Christ (John 14:21, 23; 1 Cor. 16:22). But the Ephesian’s passion and fervor for Christ had become cold, mechanical orthodoxy. Their doctrinal and moral purity, their undiminished zeal for the truth, and their disciplined service were no substitute for the love for Christ they had forsaken.

2 Timothy 3:5: “Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.”

Probably this church has gotten too sophisticated for healing and deliverance. Perhaps some of the world’s music had crept in unaware. Perhaps this church has begun to entertain more than teach. This church is more appealing to the world than to God.

Our first love, if we are believers, is putting Jesus ahead of everything else. This church’s problems spiritually, can be seen in most of our churches today. God will not allow compromise, but on every hand, we see just that.

“Left thy first love”: To be a Christian is to love the Lord Jesus Christ (John 14:21, 23; 1 Cor. 16:22). But the Ephesian’s passion and fervor for Christ had become cold, mechanical orthodoxy. Their doctrinal and moral purity, their undiminished zeal for the truth, and their disciplined service were no substitute for the love for Christ they had forsaken.

2 Timothy 3:5: “Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.”

Probably this church has gotten too sophisticated for healing and deliverance. Perhaps some of the world’s music had crept in unaware. Perhaps this church has begun to entertain more than teach. This church is more appealing to the world than to God.

Our first love, if we are believers, is putting Jesus ahead of everything else. This church’s problems spiritually, can be seen in most of our churches today. God will not allow compromise, but on every hand, we see just that.

Revelation 2:5 “Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent.”

Mark 12:30-31 – “…and you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ This is the first commandment. And the second, like it, is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.”

The Greek word “aphiemi” translated as “left,” in this context, means to leave, abandon, or depart from. As a side note, “aphiemi” can also mean to “forgive,” or “release.” The Greek word “agape” translated as “love” is a sacrificial form of love. Thus, the Ephesians had abandoned their sacrificial love for the Lord.

Sacrificial love is that which is essential to strengthen a marriage between a husband and wife. This is also the same type of love Christ has given to the Church through His sacrifice on the cross:

Ephesians 5:2 – And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma.

Incidentally, Paul taught the Ephesians about the love between Christ and the Church, comparing it to the marriage relationship:

Ephesians 5:25-27 – Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her, that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word, that He might present her to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish.

Ephesians 5:28-32 – So husbands ought to love their own wives as their own bodies; he who loves his wife loves himself. For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as the Lord does the church. For we are members of His body, of His flesh and of His bones. “For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.” This is a great mystery, but I speak concerning Christ and the church.

Engaged and newlywed couples rarely have an issue being attentive to the needs and desires of each other. In their first years together, it seems that any task is not too difficult or mundane, as long as it is for the benefit of their beloved. Likewise, Israel, as the betrothed of God followed after Him in love, even in the wilderness:

Jeremiah 2:2 – Go and cry in the hearing of Jerusalem, saying, ‘Thus says the LORD: “I remember you, the kindness of your youth, the love of your betrothal, when you went after Me in the wilderness, in a land not sown.”‘

Sacrificial love generally tends to fade as routine sets in for married couples. In many cases, life becomes busy. Couples begin to take each other for granted if they lose their devotion and affection for one another. When sacrificial love loses its vitality too much, it can turn a gratifying experience into a chore, which can devastate a relationship. This is because sacrificial love generally builds the natural love of affection (“phileo” in the Greek). In other words, purposefully giving attention and care to a relationship will usually foster natural affection.

Likewise, a lack of sacrificial love toward God usually results in diminished affection toward God. In the case of Israel, their hearts eventually turned completely away from the Lord, as they fell into idolatry. God considered this adultery, with regard to their relationship with Him:

Jeremiah 2:5 – Thus says the LORD: “What injustice have your fathers found in Me, that they have gone far from Me, have followed idols, and have become idolaters?”

Ezekiel 6:9 – Then those of you who escape will remember Me among the nations where they are carried captive, because I was crushed by their adulterous heart which has departed from Me, and by their eyes which play the harlot after their idols; they will loathe themselves for the evils which they committed in all their abominations.

With regard to the Ephesians, they had apparently became so busy in their works, that their heart turned from serving the Lord, to serving men; they left their “first love.” Prophetically, Paul warned the early congregation at Ephesus to be careful of their motives in service:

Ephesians 6:5-7 – Bondservants, be obedient to those who are your masters according to the flesh, with fear and trembling, in sincerity of heart, as to Christ; not with eyeservice, as men-pleasers, but as bondservants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart, with goodwill doing service, as to the Lord, and not to men.

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