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To the Church in Ephesus

“To the angel of the church in Ephesus write:

These are the words of him who holds the seven stars in his right hand and walks among the seven golden lampstands: I know your deeds, your hard work and your perseverance. I know that you cannot tolerate wicked men, that you have tested those who claim to be apostles but are not, and have found them false. You have persevered and have endured hardships for my name, and have not grown weary.

Yet I hold this against you: You have forsaken your first love. Remember the height from which 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. But you have this in your favor: You hate the practices of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate.

He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes, I will give the right to eat from the tree of life, which is in the paradise of God.
Revelation 2:1-7

Let us be sensitive to what the Holy Spirit instructs us this morning: Repent and do the things you did at first. Each of us know when and where we have fallen short; we know very well how we have forsaken the Lord - our first love.

Let us think for a moment of the generous, overflowing, head-over-heels love we had felt in the beginning - when we had experienced the joy of salvation for the very first time. How sure we were of His unconditional, overwhelming love for us! How sensitive we were to His whispers!

Can we honestly say that's the way we feel about godly matters now? Are we as happy? Are we as carefree? Are we still holy?

Let us make an effort this morning to refocus our priorities to God Almighty. Repent and do the things you did at first. Let us increase daily in our love for Him! Amen!

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