First love. Remember those days? There was a certain young man or woman that was our first love. You may have married him/her. You may have ended that relationship and moved on. And then, someone may be with their first love even today.
If I were to ask who your first love was could you tell me? For some they would go back many years while others just a few. Let me tell you about my first love.
I confess it was with a man (Please read on!). He was a wonderful person. He showed kindness to everyone he met. That’s one of the things that attracted me to him. He also cared about what we would call the "underdog". He cared about those that others had given up on. The people that others shunned and stayed away from were his first choice. How could I not love him?
He cared about those who were going through trying times in their lives. Those who were sick, those who had disabilities, and those who were experiencing the pain of the loss of a loved one—He especially cared about these individuals. There are so many positive qualities about him I do not have time to list them all.
The most enduring of all things, however, I will share with you. He loved me so much he died on a cross to save my sins. This was the ultimate sacrifice and expression of his love. And he did not have to do it. Neither did he expect anything from me, he just gave of himself whether I returned his love or not.
Of course I am speaking of Jesus Christ. Jesus should be the first love of each and every individual. Sadly he is not. John wrote to the church at Ephesus and told them, "But I have this against you, that you have left your first love." (Rev. 2:4) This once thriving congregation no longer exists. They did not return to their first love—Jesus—but continued on the way to ruin.
Could this ever happen to any of us? Yes, it could. When we allow other things to be more important than taking time to read, pray or worship together, yes, it could happen. Let’s each one endeavor to always let Jesus be our first love. If we do this, we will never go wrong.