Do you still remember the day you accepted the Lord Jesus in your life as your Savior, how you have opened your heart to Him and given Him every part of it and handed Him every broken piece of your life? Do you still remember that moment when you knew you had found what you had been looking for all along as you knelt there at His feet – repentant, needy, surrendered?
Do you still remember how He received you with open arms, forgave your every transgression, and loved you unconditionally? How He gently took away all fears that resided in your trembling heart and let His peace settle there?
The day we receive the Lord Jesus – we, the sinners that we are, and He, holy and true – is like heaven kissing earth. The meeting at the cross. The sinner meets her Savior, and she becomes His bride: redeemed, forgiven, sanctified. It is first love that is meant to last forever.
And I will betroth thee unto me for ever; yea, I will betroth thee unto me in rigtheousness, and in judgment, and in lovingkindness, and in mercies.
I will even betroth thee unto me in faithfulness: and thou shalt know the Lord. (Hos. 2: 19, 20)
But the road became narrow and long, and the journey became hard and painful. We have been thrown into the fiery furnace of refining; we were made to pass through the dark valleys of afflictions. Suffering has been pestering, unwanted companion.
Do you still gladly reminesce the glorious day we were betrothed to our Bridegroom?
Or have our hearts been embittered by painful and difficult trials, like when our flesh has been embattled with sickness and disease? Have our souls been burdened and wearied with too much doing, striving, toiling, laboring, we can no longer feel love’s flame?
I know thy works, and thy labour, and thy patience, and how thou canst not bear them which are evil…
And hast borne, and hast patience, and for my name’s sake hast laboured, and hast not fainted.
Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love. (Rev. 2: 2,3,4)
We have left our first love, and we have only ourselves to blame, for:
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, and today, and forever. (Heb. 13:8)
Remember the day He opened our sin-hardened and broken hearts, and taught us how to truly love.
Rekindle love’s flame. He is our Savior whose love never fails. He is our King who prepares for us His Kingdom, and He’s coming again to take us with Him, so that where He is, we may be there also – the marriage of the Lamb and His bride – for all eternity.
So I keep my heart open to His love. A heart that aches and longs for Him, and strains to listen to His songs of love. And I hear them again: songs that tell of His amazing love and wonder. And my whole being is drenched with a refreshing, of rekindled love and renewed hope and awe.
Listen to His love songs again. Let your aching, thirsty hearts and your weary souls be watered by the sweet melody and the words that last through eternity.
We have many urgent prayers that need His urgent attention and answer, but let the rekindling of our love for Him be of utmost importance and our fervent prayer.
Oh Lord Jesus, make our hearts ablaze in faithful love for you!
The following is one of my favorite songs that I often sing to the Lord in my private praise and worship time. (Written and sung by Shannon Wexelberg entitled “Endless Song”). It tells of how we give our hearts and lives in total abandon to the Lord, and just keep on singing His songs of praise. It speaks what’s in my heart. I pray that as you listen, it will bless you, too, and that your first love for Jesus will be re-ignited.
You might also like to check out My Song List.
(Thanks to osbornetype for kindly letting me use his video).