《今日靈修默想》:「然而,有一件事我要責備你,就是你把起初的愛心離棄了。所以應當回想你是從哪裡墜落的,並要悔改,行起初所行的事。」(啟2:4-5)

默想一:今天教會要防患的試探是什麼?把精神專注在維護真道上,可能聖經知識增加了,但弟兄姊妹感受不到基督的愛;之間的交流只變成表面化的問候;表明上有活力,教會內的愛裡合一不見了。沒有愛的教會,一切的事工都是枉然;失去愛心,教會根本就無法吸引人歸向主,更不能為主發光。

默想二:如何重燃起初的愛(First love)?經文裡提供三個英文字母「R」:腦要回想Remember,心要悔改Repent,腳要回轉走正路Return。藉著「回想」帶來「悔改」是唯一得著復興的途徑。但「悔改」必須帶出真正的「行動」。有悔改的心證明還有希望,但若不把握機會悔改,絕望是注定了。

禱告:感謝神,因祢的慈愛常存。求袮的聖靈充滿我,重燃我起初對袮的愛。主!袮為我捨命在十字架上。我願盡心、盡性、盡意、盡力來回應袮的愛。奉主耶穌的聖名禱告,阿們!

《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!

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