Return to Your First Love

Devotionals
Published February 11, 2024

February 11, 2024

You have abandoned the love you had at first. – Revelation 2:4

We will always remember that best and brightest of hours when we first saw the Lord, lost our burden, received the gift of grace, rejoiced in full salvation, and went on our way in peace. It was springtime in the soul; the winter was past; the mutterings of Sinai’s thunders were hushed; the flashings of its lightnings were no more perceived; God was beheld as reconciled; the law threatened no vengeance, and justice demanded no punishment.

Then the flowers appeared in our heart. Hope, love, peace, and patience sprang from the ground; the hyacinth of repentance, the snowdrop of pure holiness, the crocus of golden faith, the daffodil of early love—all decked the garden of the soul.

The time of the singing of birds had arrived, and we rejoiced with thanksgiving; we magnified the holy name of our forgiving God, and our resolve was, “Lord, I am Yours, Yours alone. All I am, and all I have, I devote to You. You have bought me with Your blood—let me spend myself and be spent in Your service. In life and in death let me be consecrated to You.”

How well have we kept this resolve? Our first love burned with a holy flame of devotion to Jesus—is it the same now? Is it possible that Jesus may say to us, “I have something against you, because you have left your first love”? Sadly we have done little for our Master’s glory. Our winter has lasted all too long. We are as cold as ice when we should feel a summer’s glow and bloom with sacred flowers. We give God pennies when He deserves much more, deserves our heart’s blood to be coined in the service of His church and of His truth. But shall we continue in this way? O Lord, after You have blessed us so richly, shall we be ungrateful and become indifferent to Your good cause and work? Quicken us that we may return to our first love and do our first works! Send us a joyful spring, O Sun of Righteousness.

Devotional material is taken from “Morning and Evening” written by C. H. Spurgeon, revised and updated by Alistair Begg. Copyright (c) 2003, Good News Publishers and used by Truth For Life with written permission. Today’s Bible Reading material is taken from McCheyne Bible reading plan and used by Truth For Life with permission. Scripture quotations are taken from Holy Bible: English Standard Version, copyright (c) 2001, Good News Publishers.

Additional Resources

Related Content

Light in Our Darkness

Light in Our Darkness

June 16, 2024 The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? - Psalm 27:1 The LORD is my light and my salvation." Here is personal interest: "my light," "my salvation"; the soul is assured of...

read more
He Sets an Open Door

He Sets an Open Door

June 15, 2024 … Who opens and no one will shut. - Revelation 3:7 Jesus is the keeper of the gates of paradise, and before every believing soul He sets an open door, which no man or devil will be able to close. What joy it will be to find that faith in Him is the...

read more
Lie Low Before the Throne

Lie Low Before the Throne

June 14, 2024 To us, O Lord, belongs open shame … Because we have sinned against you. - Daniel 9:8 A deep sense and clear view of sin, its dreadfulness, and the punishment that it deserves should make us lie low before the throne. We have sinned as Christians. It is...

read more

0 Comments

Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

We're Social

Church is not a building. We extend God's love to our community and online through all our social media channels.

Connect today!

Visit Calvary Baptist

Calvary Baptist Church

9388 Village Hwy
Concord, VA 24538
Phone (434) 993-3128

Service Times

Sunday School 9:45am
Sunday Worship Service 11:00am
Sunday AWANA 5:30pm
Wednesday Bible Study 7:00pm

Pin It on Pinterest