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Your first love 💕 is like being in a bubble of goodness seeing everything and everyone as lovely as heaven.

No one can take the smile off your face. You always feel warm and can’t keep it to yourself, you have to tell everyone.

After a while, you realise the reality of shared life. The I can’t do more than enough for you to be with you, turns into, do it yourself I need my space. Forgetting the first love was a warning Jesus gave to His church in Ephesus. Revelation 2:4 NKJV Nevertheless I have this against you, that you have left your first love.

Paul likens the relationship we have as a church to the same as a marriage. Our love, service, time, giving, and all the goodness that goes with a marriage is similar in many ways. Ephesians 5:24,26-27,29-30,32 NKJV

Therefore, just as the church is subject to Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in everything. [26] that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word, [27] that He might present her to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish. [29] For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as the Lord does the church. [30] For we are members of His body, of His flesh and of His bones. [32] This is a great mystery, but I speak concerning Christ and the church.

It’s no wonder people feel disconnected at church sometimes. If you turned up to participate in your marriage 1st and 3rd Sunday of every month you wouldn’t have much of a marriage nor it lasting for too long.

A marriage is for better or worse, sometimes the balances tilt worse for a season then tilt towards better. Yet with a church it seems; just like in the world, too easy to divorce when it gets rough.

Pastor, the Lord has called us to the church down the road. It wasn’t because you felt convicted by the challenge to step up and serve your brothers and sisters on the children church team or maybe plug into a midweek service??