Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 2017 January 24

"Unto the seven golden candlesticks; I know thy works, and thy labour, and thy patience, and how thou canst not bear them which are evil: and thou hast tried them which say they are apostles, and are not, and hast found them liars: And hast borne, and hast patience, and for my name's sake hast laboured, and hast not fainted. Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love. Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent” (Revelation 2:1-5).

Today’s Morsel:  They say that the divorce rate in the church is as high as those of the people in the world.  One would have to wonder what is going on that this is happening in the church.  Isn’t God love (1 John 4:8)? Doesn’t He tell us to love others the way that He has loved us (1 John 4:11)?  Didn't He say that greater love has no man than this that a man would lay down his life for a friend (John 15:13)?  Aren’t husbands and wives supposed to be the best of friends?  Aren’t we told that love is the mark of a true disciple of Christ (John 13:35)?  So why is there even any divorce in the church?  I believe the answer lies in the fact that many leave their first love, which is Christ.  When you put God after anything else, that thing isn’t going to last.  And that includes a marriage.  If you want your marriage to last, then you must keep love in its first place; as it (love) is the bond of perfectness (Colossians 3:14).

Sing: I love Him! I love Him! Because He first loved me. He purchased my salvation, on Calvary!

Thought For Today:  Love is the bond of perfectness.   (Paul)

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