A Frightful Indictment

The church in Ephesus was active (“I know your deeds and your toil…”), orthodox (“you cannot tolerate evil men, and you put to the test those who call themselves apostles, and they are not, and you found them to be false…”), and persevering (“you have perseverance and have endured for My name’s sake, and have not grow weary”).

But they had left their first love (Revelation 2:2-7). All their activity, all their orthodoxy, all their morality, all their strength was for naught because it didn’t flow out of a heart full of love for Jesus. Like a man who falls out of love with his wife soon after the honeymoon (cf. Jeremiah 2:2), these Christians had retained the shell of religion but had lost the peanut. May God keep us in His love, examining our hearts to see if we love Him who gave Himself for us.

SDG,
Ezra

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