In this Marital Moment I will continue with this important topic: "Have You Left Your First Love". The lesson is centered around the passage found in Revelation 2:4. In that text Christ sadly points out that the Christians in the Church at Ephesus had "left their first love". They were no longer excited about the things of Christ. This same thing can and does happen to married individuals. Over time their interest in each other and their desire for each other can slowly and sadly drift away. This must not happen. You must Remember some things if your marriage is to remain strong and committed. Previously I have said that you must Remember Your First Love and Remember Your Promises. This lesson will focus of this thought: Remember Your Investment. Revelation 2:2-3 states that, "I know thy works, and thy labour, and thy patience...and hast borne, and hast patience, and for my name's sake hast laboured, and hast not fainted". These verses point out the great investment these people had in Christ and His work. You have made a huge investment in your marriage in days gone by. You have been committed to the point of giving your all to make your home and marriage work. You have laboured for your marriage. The word "labour" means to toil. The word denotes to labor to the point of sweat and exhaustion. It is a labor that demands an all out effort and that takes all that you have to give both physically, mentally, and emotionally. Look at your investment. Take an inventory of all that you have put into your marriage. Have you given you all? Have you been committed enough to labor abundantly for your home? Remember your investment in your marriage. The text mentions the word "patience". Have you been patient with your husband / wife? Remember all the times you practice patience with each other. How you overlooked those faults. How patient you were when times were tough and you thought that things would not get any better. Remember your investment of patience in you marriage. Notice the word "fainted". You have not grown weary and quit. You have hung in there over time and remained faithful. Before you give up on your marriage and lose your first love you should remember the great investment you have made in your home. Think of all the blood, sweat, and tears you have put into your marriage. Think of all the many task done and all the many days, months, and years you have put into your loved ones. Think of the patience you have exhibited over the years. You have put up with mistakes. Overcome the tough times. You have laughed together, cried together, and worried together to long to quit now. You have persevered. Hung in there through thick and thin. Good times and bad times. Through hills and valleys. Hopes and fears. You have remained faithful through arguments, complaints, financial difficulties, sickness, pain, and sorrow. You have invested to much in your marriage just to let it die or throw it away. You have given way to much just to settle for a miserable existence in your home. Don't drift away now. Don't let the marriage fail. Get back to your first love. You have invested to much in your marriage to fail now. Love does not have to grow cold and die. It can, and should be, passionate and alive. It all depends upon you. It must never be said about you and your marriage that you have "left your first love".