Our First Love

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Jesus replied: ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ ~ Matthew 22:37-39

Last Sunday our Pastor asked the congregation to spend alone time with Jesus. Just 10 minutes a day during the week! Preferably in the morning as we put on the whole armor of God (Ephesians 6:10-18). Well 10 minutes a day alone in fellowship with God does not seem like a lot. . .

However, on Wednesday, a church member shared that they were struggling to focus alone in fellowship for 10 minutes. And, “Yes” they set the timer on their cell phone. This caused me to wonder. . .

Have you ever noticed how we perceive time? If we are enjoying something, time seems to fly by super-fast. If we find something boring or disagreeable time seems to crawl along at a snail’s pace. Thankfully, we can enjoy fellowship with our Heavenly Father as we grow in grace and favor. His love knows how to reach each of us right where we are in our faith and spiritual growth.

Thinking about the 10-minute “exercise” for lack of a better term. . . I felt an overwhelming sense of humility and 1Corinthian 13:1-7 permeated my thoughts this week.

If I speak in the tongues[a] of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, [b] but do not have love, I gain nothing.

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres (1 Corinthian 13:1-7).

For it is impossible to spend time, whether 10 minutes or 10 seconds, with God and not experience love— Love for Him and love for others. We must make time for those we love, especially God who is our first love—our original love. The One who knew us before we were formed in our mother’s womb (Jeremiah 1:5). The One, who promised never to leave us (Deuteronomy 31:6). The One, who sent Jesus so that we may have eternal life (John 10:28-30). The One, we should pray to—sometimes—just to say, “Thank You God, for loving me.”

God bless. . . I am Wiley’s granddaughter.

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