Have you ever been in-love? One of the most beautiful experience that we could ever have in our lives is to be love by other. It is good to be love, but for us it is hard to love, Why? Today, we are going to strengthen our love to our God so that through this love, we could love other and love what we do for the Lord.
II. BIBLE READING
Revelation 2:1 “To the angel of the church of Ephesus write, ‘These things says He who holds the seven stars in His right hand, who walks in the midst of the seven golden lampstands: 2 “I know your works, your labor, your patience, and that you cannot bear those who are evil. And you have tested those who say they are apostles and are not, and have found them liars; 3 “and you have persevered and have patience, and have labored for My name’s sake and have not become weary. 4 “Nevertheless I have this against you, that you have left your first love. 5 “Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent and do the first works, or else I will come to you quickly and remove your lampstand from its place– unless you repent. (NKJ)
Read Revelation 1.
Author : The apostle John, under the command of God.
When : During his old aye, at his exile on the island of Patmos (v. 9).
What : John saw a vision, and God told him to write to the seven churches (v. 11). Each church had both its strong and weak points.
Application: We should not keep on grumbling and complaining that the church we are in is like this and like that. Let us thank our Lord for our strong points, and ask Him to remedy our weak points.
A. Background Study
1. What were the strong and weak points of the church of Ephesus?
2. How did this single weak point weigh against the strong points?
3. Is this true of our church today? In what ways?
4. What are the characteristics of “first love”? Apply first to human lovers. Then extend to man and God.
B. Losing Our “First Love” (vv. 1‑4)
1. What does it mean to lose our “first love” for God?
2. What are the reasons we lose our first love?
GROUP DISCUSSION: Give examples of each from our daily lives.
REFLECTION: Was there a time when I really loved God? What was it like? What about now? Do I love God as I did at first?
B. Regaining Our “First Love” (v. 5 )
1. How can we regain our first love for God?
2. Why must we regain our first love?
GROUP DISCUSSION: How can we maintain this LOVE that we have to Jesus?
In the life of a Christian as in the church of Ephesus, something can go badly wrong if one is not watchful. The earnest service may be there; the gallant endurance may be there; the unimpeachable doctrine and conduct may even be there—but the enthusiastic commitment to and warm love for God are gone. Let us not wait for God to sadly say, “Because of this I come to you and remove your lampstand from its place.” Rather, as Christians, let us constantly desire and commit ourselves to sustain our first love for God.