Devotional: ‘Thou Hast Left Thy First Love’

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Song of Solomon 2:15 Take us the foxes, the little foxes, that spoil the vines: for our vines have tender grapes. The Song of Solomon is a good warning for husbands and wives to not let life steal away their love for each other. It is also a good warning for believers to not let life steal away their love for Christ.

Can life steal away our love for Christ? Consider these words from our Savior:

Revelation 2:4 Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love.

Revelation 3:15 I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. 16 So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.

According to scripture, Christians can become lukewarm in their relationship with Christ and thus drift away in their love for Him.

We read also from the gospel of John: John 15:4 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. 5 I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.

What does it mean to ‘abide in Christ’? Abiding in Christ is maintaining a relationship with Him that is so real and intimate that His life literally flows in and through us. Some have said that it is a life of total dependence upon Christ and obedience to His commands. It might also be compared to what scripture calls ‘walking in the Spirit’ and ‘being filled with the Spirit.’ As we walk in the Spirit and give Him complete control over our thoughts and actions, He produces both within and through us the character of our Savior.

Though Satan cannot not steal away our salvation, he can steal away our Christian character. Like the little foxes that spoil the vines, Satan can spoil our Christian character and testimony. How so? Consider these three ways:

1.  Through the Little Fox of Laziness

Proverbs 6:10 Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep: 11 So shall thy poverty come as one that travelleth, and thy want as an armed man. A spiritually lazy Christian is in great danger of falling away in their love for the Lord. Spiritual laziness often produces a spirit of complacency. According to Revelation 2:4, a complacent Christian makes the Lord sick at His stomach.

2.  Through the Little Fox of Lovelessness

As we have already seen in our studies, a Christian can fall out of love with their Savior. Jesus rebuke the church of Ephesus for ‘leaving its first love.’ How can we know if our love for Jesus is real? Consider these words from our Savior: “If ye love me, keep my commandments.” (John 14:15)

3.  Through the Little Fox of Lust

James 1:14 But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. 15 Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death. Though there are many little foxes that will try to invade our relationship with Christ, the primary enemy that we fight is our own lusts. If a Christian becomes lazy in their relationship with Christ, they will drift away from their fervent love for Him and eventually give into their own lusts.

Beware my brethren of the little foxes that are seeking to spoil your relationship with Christ.

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