As we begin the month of March, everyone in the U.S. is looking forward to the arrival of spring. For our countrymen in the northeast and eastern seaboard, who have been pummeled by the polar vortex over and over again, spring cannot come soon enough. Spring is an enjoyable season. I have not known anyone who does not like spring. The brightness of the sunshine, the budding of the trees, the blooming of the flowers, and the chirping of birds unanimously strike a note of hope in the air.
The honeymoon is to a marriage what spring is to the weather. Newlyweds enjoy the honeymoon, see every reason to love each other intensely, refuse to see any negative trait in the other person, and look forward to a bright future. Years after the honeymoon, if one of the parties should cause their love to go sour, the result is always devastating. Our Lord’s statement in Revelation 2:4 conjures up the image of this type of lost love. He would ask the Apostle John to write to the Church at Ephesus, saying, “… Nevertheless, I have this against you, that you have lost your first love…..”
Whereas in the case of married couples the fault of failed love cannot be blamed totally on one party, in the case of our relationships with the Lord, the fault is always ours, for the Lord stays faithful even when we are faithless (see 2Timothy 2:13). But what would cause someone to lose his or her first love? Continue reading