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Marital Moments

Let's continue on with the lesson from Revelation 2:4 entitled"Have You Left Your First Love".  There the Bible states that, "I have somewhat against thee because thou hast left thy first love".  In the text Christ sadly informed the Church at Ephesus that the love for Him had declined.  This terrible condition happens not only to believers but also to husbands and wives.  It is easy for couples to drift apart and to become more interested in other things and, tragically, in other people. You have lost that first love. That exciting and invigorating expression of love that you had at the beginning of your marriage.  You need to rekindle that flame and once again experience that moment of first love that attracted you to each other. You will recall in the last Marital Moment I gave you four words that will give structure to these thoughts: Remember, Repent, Return, and Reward.  Last time I stated that you need to Remember Your First Love.  Today, I will focus on this topic: Remember Your Promises. In Revelation 2, these people had met Christ many years ago.  They put their faith and trust in Him. Believed in Him and His atoning work on the cross.  They confessed Him as Lord Savior of their life. Obeyed and followed Him. They pledged to Him their undying love and commitment. Christ promised that He would forgive them. He would never forsake them. That He would go and prepare a place for them and come again for them. Sadly, the Church at Ephesus had forgotten their commitments.  The promises made were soon discarded.  There was a time you stood at the marriage altar and made some awesome promises to each other. You pledged your undying love for each other. You promised to have and to hold from this day forward, for better or worse, for richer or poorer, in sickness and in health, to forsake all others and keep yourselves only for each other, to love, to cherish, till death do you part.  You exchanged rings.  The purity of the metal reminds each other of the purity of your love.  The circle was a reminder of your unending love.  These promises were made before God and witnesses.  Did you mean them?  Or were they just words that you thoughtlessly agreed too?  Were the promises just a necessary part of a ceremony that gave legitimacy to your marriage?  Were they real promises?  Or were they spoken with full intentions of living up to those promises all the days of your life?  One of the best ways of returning to your first love is to review the promises made and to begin fulfilling them once again.  Remember, if you have Left Your First Love then you should Remember The Promises you made to each other.  Reflecting on the vows you made will go a long way toward rekindling your love.

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