“I know your deeds and your toil and perseverance, and that you cannot endure evil men, and you put to the test those who call themselves apostles, and they are not, and you found them to be false; and you have perseverance and have endured for My name’s sake, and have not grown weary. But I have this against you, that you have left your first love.” (Rev 2:2-4) These are chilling words. You can stand against evil. You can be very sound in your doctrine. You can guard the church from false teachers. You can persevere in the face of persecution. You can do all those things and still be guilty of not loving Christ.
On Sunday, I preached from Matthew 22:37 on what it means to love the Lord with all your heart, soul, and mind. If you remember, I stated that love, whether (more…)