First Love (Rev 2:4) by Dr. Rich Reich

19 Nov First Love (Rev 2:4) by Dr. Rich Reich

Welcome God now with this LIFE Group Devotion (FB), provided by LIFE Runners (FB). LeadersGuest Authors.

“Yet I hold this against you: you have lost the love you had at first.” ~ Rev 2:4 (full readings)

Rich’s Reflections:  What attracted you first to Jesus?  Upon reflection, I believe that my strong attraction to Jesus after my metanoia (change of heart) was feeling His personal love for me after going to reconciliation (a sacrament that I had been avoiding for 20 years).  After being absolved of my sins, I felt a load lifted from my shoulders.  I was on a spiritual high and all I wanted to do was to think of Jesus, be with Jesus, and talk about Jesus.  My close friends who witnessed my metanoia can vouch for the transformation that I experienced.  Reflecting on how I feel about my relationship with Jesus today, I can honestly say that my preoccupation with Jesus has decreased.  I yearn for that spiritual high that I once experienced.  God tells us to “realize how far we have fallen; repent, and do the works that we did at first” (Rev 2:5).  Pray for those who are feeling alone, desperate, and unloved; especially those who have been affected by abortion.  Please return to your first love, Jesus Christ.
* Dr. Rich Reich is the co-founder of the LIFE Group Devotions and the National LIFE Runners Team.  He is married to Erica and lives in Satellite Beach, FL.  Full bio.

Faith Challenge:  Do not let your love for Jesus die.  Repent and renew your first love, Jesus Christ.

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Feast Day:  St. Nerses the Great

Faith Quote:  “Define yourself radically as one beloved by God. This is the true self. Every other identity is illusion.” – Brennan Manning

Through Christ our Lord,
James 1:22

* Pray/Fast: Prayer connects us with God’s will & His miracles, changing us & helping others. Fast from things that take your eyes off Jesus. Those who pray together stay together, and close to God!
* Save Unborn (& family): Abortion (imagesis #1 death cause (22% pregnancies). Prov 24:11 & Jer 1:5“A great poverty that a child must die that you might live as you wish.” Mother Teresa.
* Evangelize: Make room for unbelievers & re-evangelization of self, by way of prayer (relationship) and following Christ’s example of love (service/sacrifice/mercy). Mt 28:19.

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