‘As for you, see that what you have heard from the beginning remains in you.’ 1 John 2.24
Sometimes you may wish that you were closer to God or you may look back to times when your relationship with him seemed more intimate than it is now. All relationships change and certainly you may discover new things about prayer as you grow in your faith, but if you feel there should be more than you are currently experiencing, the problem may not be due to God withholding anything but rather that you have let go of things that you once held dear.
The book of Revelation begins with Jesus speaking to a number of churches and to one of them he says these challenging words, ‘You have forsaken the love you had at first.’ (Revelation 2.4). It is not that God had moved or withdrawn his love in any way, but rather that the church had let their enthusiasm for the love of God slip away. This is what John was writing about in his letter; we have a responsibility to hold on to the foundations of our faith and if we neglect them we will lose something very important.
Today, come back to the foundation of your faith: God loved you so much that he gave Jesus for you, not to judge you but to reach into your life and transform you and show you what he is like.
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