Christians spout of phrases like, “God is love”, “Love one another”, “They will know you are Christians by your love”. Yet this I hold against you, Oh Christian…
“that you have abandoned the love you had at first.” Revelation 2:4
What happened to you? You received, accepted, acknowledged, believed (whatever your denominations terminology is) the Lord Jesus as your Savior. You loved him so much. You were willing to go anywhere for him, fight any battle, stand up against any foe in the name of Jesus. Yet,today many of you have NOT demonstrated the love that should be in you.
“I know your works, your toil and your patient endurance, and how you cannot bear with those who are evil, but have tested those who call themselves apostles and are not, and found them to be false. 3 I know you are enduring patiently and bearing up for my name’s sake, and you have not grown weary.” Revelation 2:2-3
I see Christians display this very verse proudly. They study Gods word diligently, which is good, but they are all about the study and not the seeking Him. They think they are so “spiritual.” but they forget the relational aspect of our walk with God. Then the fruit of this labor is they can not be relational. It is hard for them to love others as they do themselves. Because they have lost the love they once had. They play church and know Gods word but they don’t really know it.
I find that it can be easier to some to show love, because they themselves want to give what they may not have received, or they want to give what they have been given. Which are you and why are you not giving? If we all have been treated poorly, in love, by humans, we at least know how to love because our God first loved us! He demonstrated that on the cross for us! So why are we not showing that love? Here is why, because we are not abiding in him.
“Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me” John 15:4
We have been so easily distracted by the world and its desires. The things that allure us from our ONE TRUE LOVE …Jesus. We, Christians need to wake up! We need our eyes to be opened to the fact that we have drifted so far from Him. It is not just about the “head knowledge” but about the “heart knowledge”. And i know some get get all crazy why i mention “heart”, but i am not saying it from the sinners aspect, but from the spiritual side. the “deep calling to deep” side. Our spirit longs to be in relationship with the Lord. But we turn to other things because of pride, our flesh, etc.
Then the world see Christians who say:
“I can forgive the person who wronged my but, I don’t have to love them”
Did Jesus say that to us?
“I will forgive them but I don’t have to love them.”
NO! In fact while we were still SINNING He still loved us! But the love that was demonstrated on the cross has grown dim in some believers. And so they do NOT know how to love like Christ loved us. They will spout off all the verses that talk about love, but can not demonstrate true sacrificial unfailing love. Friends, Christians…if we abide in Him we CAN demonstrate this kind of love. I have seen it among those in the faith. It is possible!
God help us and forgive us! I leave you with this quote and this verse. Family of God we need to start getting our act together. The Lord is coming soon!
Brennan Manning Quotes. The greatest single cause of atheism in the world today is Christians who acknowledge Jesus with their lips and walk out the door and deny Him by their lifestyle. That is what an unbelieving world simply finds unbelievable.
“He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.” Revelation 2:7