Remember, Repent and Repeat
“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 2:4-5a ESV)
My daughter is falling in love. It’s quite nauseating some days, but sweet in a sugary-diabetic kind of way. He can do no wrong, and she is ‘practically perfect in every way’. But that is how it is when we first fall in love; butterflies keep us awake most of the night as we talk and talk into the wee hours of the morning.
I recall many nights with the Lord, alone in my room so enraptured in His Word that the sun would rise and I had to go to work sans any sleep. Crazy enough I wouldn't be tired and would manage through the day with a song on my lips. Love does that – it energizes you and drives you to do things you normally wouldn't do!
But I have this against you, that you have abandoned the love you had at first.
Oh how I miss that passion. Oh how I wish my eyes would not grow heavy and my heart be satisfied with a morsel when a feast awaits . . . but I’ve drifted into complacency. I’ve forgotten my first love.
This verse does not only hold a warning, it – Praise the Lord – also includes the cure! We are to sit and Remember what it was like when we were newly saved or most fiercely in love with Him. We are to sit and dwell in the warm passionate recall and then when we can almost taste it, we are to Repent for our coldness. And then . . .
Do the works you did at first
Repeat what you did. It doesn’t say to wait until it feels all good and you are fired up, it says go and do. For most of us that meant telling all our friends and even strangers what God had done in our hearts and lives. Testify! We overcome the devil by the blood of the Lamb and the words of our testimony! We are told this is the answer to a dead, cold love – let’s ignite the fires again!
Father, forgive us for our cold hearts. So many of us have forgotten our first love. Help us to remember what You brought us out of and the sweet remembrance of Your first touch. Give us courage to turn and to tell others as we remember, repent and repeat! Amen