Living by Grace

Dedicated to providing guidance in daily living through the power of God's grace as experienced in our union with Christ.

First Love

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

Ask children who have recently received Jesus as Lord and Savior how they are different. The answers are nearly always the same. “I obey my parents better” and “I get along with my brothers and sisters better”—expressions of “first love.”

Recently converted adults often testify of a desire for their family members and friends to have the salvation they have just received—expressions of “first love.”

The Ephesians experienced that “first love” and “left” it. Almost all believers have done the same. Leaving his first love must be what Paul was referring to when he wrote:

I was alive once without the law, but when the commandment came, sin revived and I died.  Romans 7:9

Experiencing first love is perhaps the most vivid memory we have of those hours and days immediately following our conversion experience.

Some refer to days of “first love” and of being “alive” as a period of sovereign grace. We were filled with the Holy Spirit without even knowing who the Holy Spirit is.

After a brief period—the amount of time varies—many of us lost or “left” our first love and other of the initial changes. Many look back at those newborn days as the best days of their Christian lives. 

God never intends for a Christian’s first days to be the best days. He always has something far better in mind. Our “sovereign grace” days provide us with sweet memories. But their most important purpose is to provide a taste of how we can live every day of our lives.

God gives those “first love” days as His greatest appeal to us to experience His grace every hour of our lives.

As we continually receive grace by living out our crucifixion, burial, and resurrection, we grow beyond those “first” blessings.