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What Hurts the Heart of Jesus? Day 5

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Scripture: Revelation 2:4-5  But I have this against you, that you have left your first love.  Therefore remember from where you have fallen, and repent and do the deeds you did at first; or else I am coming to you and will remove your lampstand out of its place—unless you repent.

Devotional: Indifference and apathy can be a slow fade from what was once a thriving and passionate pursuit.  Just like any earthly relationship, or passion, we can find ourselves slowly slipping away from our relationship with Christ and becoming apathic in our faith. 

The apostle John addresses this with the church at Laodicea.  They had lost their first love.  And the message given through John was for them to repent and return to the things they had done at first to cultivate a thriving and fruitful ministry. 

How about you?  Are the first things still the first things?  Or have you experienced the slow fade of losing your first love?

Reflect:

  • Take some time to examine where you are in your relationship with Jesus. Are you as excited and passionate as you were when you first gave your life to Him?   If not, remember from where you have fallen and return to Him.

What Hurts the Heart of Jesus? Day 4

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Scripture: Matthew 5:16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.

Devotional: Have you ever heard anyone say, “I have faith, but it’s personal.”?  Have you ever said that yourself?

Why is it that we often don't share our faith?  Not to be harsh, but could it be because we don't really believe the Gospel is true? Because if we really believed that people without Christ are destined for a very real place called hell, a place of eternal torment and suffering; and if we love people at all, then we would let our light shine all the time.  Yet, we too often live with spiritual indifference to the eternal state of others.

Why have we let our culture dictate that to share our faith and to let our light shine might be offensive?  It’s offensive to love people?  It’s offensive to care about their soul?

Rejecting spiritual indifference means being willing to risk-  risk the offense of others, risk being ridiculed or even persecuted.  But isn’t that what love requires of you and me?  

Reflect:

  • Examine your own practice of letting your light shine before men?What do your actions say about what you believe?

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