First Love

Sunday, January 6, 2019 ()

Bible Text: Revelation 2:4 | Series:

First Love

Revelation 2:4

What comes first in your life?

First in chronological order - 1 John 4:19

First in priority - Mark 12:28–30

Loving Christ first means loving our brothers and sisters in Christ first - Ephesians 4:2

  • lowliness - humility; putting others first: physical and spiritual well-being
  • gentleness - not harsh/cruel; Fruit of the Spirit/meekness
  • longsuffering - Fruit of the Spirit: enduring with hope
  • bearing with one another in love - holding back from one another; tolerate; putting up with and dealing with each other in an giving and sacrificial way.

Loving Christ first means putting Him and everything He says first - 1 John 5:3

  • We desire Christ more than we desire anything else - Lamentations 3:24 The LORD is my portion, says my soul, Therefore I hope in Him!
  • Our affections are for Christ Himself - Song of Solomon 2:16  My beloved is mine, and I am his. He feeds his flock among the lilies.
  • Love motivates us to obey and follow Him -John 14:15 If you love Me, keep My commandments. 

We love Christ both first in order and first in priority.

Luke7:47 Therefore I say to you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven, for she loved much. But to whom little is forgiven, the same loves little.