5 Mar


NOTE:  The following article is from “Bible Gateway” support@lists.biblegateway.com.

Todays Truth:  “Yet I hold this against you: You have forsaken your first love” Rev.2:4 NIV).

(If you aren’t married, I want you to read this devotion through the lens of this…have you lost that lovin’ feeling towards Jesus?  Now, read on sister and consider Jesus as your heavenly groom.)

If you’re married, what do you do when you’ve lost that loving’ feelin’?  Maybe you truly adored your husband in the beginning, but now you can’t remember why.  Maybe you honestly admired his finer qualities, but now you can’t remember what they were.  Maybe you appreciated his wonderful attributes, but now take them for granted.  What do you do now?

Here’s a statistic you might find interesting.  According to an analysis of the National Survey of Families and Households, 86 percent of unhappily married people who stick it out find that, five years later, their marriages are happier.  In fact, nearly 60 percent of those who rated their marriage as unhappy in the late 1980’s, and who stayed married, rated their same marriage “very happy” or “quite happy” when re-interviewed five years later (Linda J. Waite and Maggie Gallagher, The Case for Marriage (New York: Double Day, 2000) 148).  In comparison, those who divorced and remarried, divorced again at a rate of 60 percent (Judith Wallerstein and Julia A. Lewis, and Sandra Blakeslee, The Unexpected Legacy of Divorce, Hyperion, 2000) P.295)

So, starting over may very well be the answer…as long as it’s with the same man.

In the book of Revelation in the Bible, God had this to say to the church at Ephesus.  “Yet, I hold this against you; You have forsaken your first love” (Rev.2:4).  Ephesus was one of the most loving churches in the New Testament and yet, somewhere along the way, they lost that initial thrill of knowing Christ.  Their love for each other and for God had grown cold.

As I read God’s lament, I whispered a prayer.  “Oh Lord, how many of us women have forgotten our first love.  We’ve forgotten the thrill we felt when we first met our husbands: the spine tingling chills when he walked into a room, the heart skipping flutter when he called on the phone, the tender wooing when we opened a letter penned by his hand, the electricity of sexual desire stirred with a kiss.  Somewhere between taking out the garbage, paying the bills, running carpool, mowing the lawn, disciplining the kids, folding the laundry…somewhere among the mundane routine of life, we’ve lost that lovin’ feelin’.

How do we get it back?  God gave the church two simple steps for the Bride of Christ to renew her passion for her Beloved, and I believe we can apply the same principles to renewing our passion for the man of our dreams.

Remember and Return.

Remember what drew you to your husband in the first place?  Remember how you tried to please him, capture his heart, and win his affection?  That may have been fifty pounds and a full head of hair ago, but that young man who longed to be adored, admired, and appreciated still lives within his heart.  He wants to know if he still “has what it takes.”  Let him know that he does……..

NOTE:  Daily there is a new post to help your marriage succeed.

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