《Today’s spiritual meditation》: “Yet I hold this against you: You have forsaken the love you had at first. Consider how far you have fallen! Repent and do the things you did at first. If you do not repent, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place.” (Rev 2:4-5)
Meditation one: What is the temptation that today’s church should prevent from? When focusing on the truth, perhaps the knowledge of the Bible is increased, but brothers and sisters may not feel the love of Christ. The fellowship among them just turns into a superficial greeting. It appears to have vitality, yet the unification in love in the church is gone. A church without love, all ministries are in vain. If you forsake love, the church will not be able to attract people to the Lord, and never even be possible to shine for the Lord.
Meditation two: How to restore the love you had at first (First love)? There are three “R’s” in the scripture: the mind needs to “Remember”, the heart needs to “Repent”, and the foot needs to “Return” to the right way. Bringing “repentance” by “remembering” is the only way to revive. But “repentance” must bring out real “action.” A heart of repentance means there is a hope, but if one does not seize the opportunity to repent, despair is doomed.
Prayer: Thank God since Your love endures forever. Please have Your Holy Spirit filled in me and restore my first love for you. My Lord! You laid down Your life on the cross for me. I would like to respond to Your love with all my heart, and with all my soul, and with all my mind, and with all my strength. I pray in the name of the Lord Jesus, Amen!