Christian Fellowship 1996-07-16 - 6 More Evidences That You Have Left Our "First Love" For the Lord

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"But I have against you that you have left your first love." Revelation 2:4
  1. When I view the commands of Christ as restrictions to my happiness rather than expressions of His love. "He who has my commands and keeps them, he it is who loves Me; and he who loves Me shall be loved by My Father, and I will love him, and will disclose Myself to him." John 14:21

    "Sincere Christians are universally holy; they have regard to all God's commands; it is their sincere, aim, and endeavour to do their duty in every respect." Jonathan Edwards

  2. When I inwardly strive for the acclaim of this world rather than the approval of the Lord. "If you were of the world, the world would love its own but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you" John 15:19 "Do not love the world, nor the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him." 1John 2:15

    "Labour to get a sense of the vanity of this world..." Edwards

  3. When I fail to make Christ known because I fear rejection. "...if they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you..." John 15:20

    "Now is the day of Salvation." Edwards

  4. When I refuse to give up an activity which I know is offending a weaker brother. "...determine this--not to put an obstacle or a stumbling block in a brother's way" Romans 14:13

    "Christian practice is a laborious thing." Edwards

  5. When I become complacent to sinful conditions around me. "And because lawlessness is increased, most people's love will grow cold." Matthew 24:12

    "It is really true, that every kind of sin, and every degree of it, is devilish and from hell, and is cursed, hellish, and condemned or damned." Edwards

  6. When I am unable to forgive another for offending me. "If someone says "I love God", and hates his brother, he is a liar..." 1 John 4:20

    "Christians are commanded to love as brethren, to look upon one another as brethren in Christ, and to treat one another as such." Edwards

Soli Deo Gloria,