Do you still have your first love? What an incredibly deeper question that I have thought or realized. I’m a person full of questions. And I willingly, openly ask a lot of them. But you’d be surprised how many questions I filtered out before digging in.
When I hear that question my heart leaps into nostalgia. What did I love first? What was my favorite childhood toy? Who made my heart flutter for the first time?
I decided to listen to a podcast this afternoon and this was the focus of it.
Do you still have your first love? Have you lost your first love?
Yes. And no. Because I’m going to say this: God loved first and always.
God spoke the world into existence. He breathed life into our bodies. He allowed for us to make choices regarding our love for Him. He has watched us, time and time again, chose anything else but Him. He gave us His Son as a sacrifice because He loved us so deeply. He continues to blanket us with grace and compassion in great things and rough moments and trying times. And He will continue to do so– unstoppable.
If you want to try and understand love even more, check out 1 John 4 in a Bible. Over and over and over, we are told that we are loved.
Greater is He who is in you then he who is in the world … Let us love one another for God is love… This is the love the Father has lavished on us… This is love: not that we love God, but that He loved us … By this we know that we abide in Him and He in us … Love is perfected with us … We love, because a He first loved us …
God is our first love: not because we loved Him, but because He first loved us.
And no, we cannot loose Him and His love, but we can certainly deny it and distance ourselves from Him.
Yes. yes, I still have my first love. Because He still has me. (And anything that I bring to the table is in response to His love for me. If I ever think that it’s my doing first and then I’ll be willing to accept Him, I need to realize that method is wrong. He already established the first love and I accepted it.)
What things do you do to honor your first love?