All events that impact our lives awaken initially a conglomerate of emotions, feelings, and diverse passions that captivate all of our being. For example, the first human case that the Bible tells us about is Adam when he saw that extraordinary woman become reality, and he expresses that: “…This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh…” (Gn 2:23, NIV). From then on, that man, drunk with an illusion, is enveloped in many passions and feelings that drove him to make a lot of insanities. Adam gave everything; not withholding anything he even drifted apart from the being that gave him life. A symbol for this is that unconditional feeling that can drive many to extreme conducts, that even drive them to attempt against their own life.
This phenomenon is also due to the beginning of a relationship with any material thing; imagine of a new toy. We give that new toy all of our love, we paint it, we draw it, we delight in it with extreme admiration, giving all of our time and dedication without taking into account the sacrifices or effort; we pay any price: Let’s read: “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (Mt 6:21). Time even loses its dimension of reality when we live one and thousands of fantasies or marvelous dreams, there are young men or maidens that only live immersed in their own illusions. The sad part is that this morbid experience, because of its inconsistency, fades away as a cloud of smoke that can be drifted by any wind through the infinite space of fiction. Nevertheless, what was lived was lived.
Why does our experience of “love” decline and die?
Let’s remember that all passion and feeling comes from the soul. However, due to the separation from God, men live only for the flesh and its desires, which in no such moment correspond to true love. True love is inherently linked to the one and true God, who makes everything known and deposits it exclusively in his children. He deposits it only on his children because they meditate in the knowledge of the Spirit and the word, rejoicing in the incomparable privilege of loving unconditionally and eternally.
This God manifests vastly and generously to all of humanity, giving his life, which is translated as an offering of time and service without leaving anyone out. Therefore love starts to decline and die because it does not come from God, instead comes from the different impulses and reflexes that govern the human beast. What characterizes it is that things get boring, tiring, degenerating, and wear down, and slowly get cold. This only translates to a routine and heavy customs that truly become burdens. Therefore, it is time and trials that will test the trueness of the pure and perfect love.
What is the importance of our first love?
The Lord laments and reproaches in the Holy Scriptures, that our personal existence with him is not in accordance to the perpetuity of conviction, service and delivery. The passionate, carnal, and religious man starts with good steps of faith and devotion regarding firm decisions; leaving everything behind. This man wants to be here and there. This man prays, reads, and says yes to everything, wants to serve, but soon enough there come new options or offers that change the intentions. Another reason is that things are not how they “thought,” or someone failed them, etc.
What is true is that from one moment to the next, there comes the discouragement and frustrations, and what he believed to be true love becomes something that doesn’t fill any expectations; these are more so egocentric tendencies and idolatry; a circumstance that in the end defines them regarding their highest desires, not of love, but of a greedy passion.
The prophecy says to the church of Ephesus: “I know your deeds, your hard work and your perseverance…Yet I hold this against you: You have forsaken the love you had at first” (Rev. 2:2-4). It is extremely important to consider the illustrations or comparisons that the Spirit makes to the attitudes of someone that in their first moment gave and did everything. They even did the unusual and the bold to please God, just like a boy that has fallen in love…
My beloved brother, you that serve at the temple, you that perhaps for many years have remained in the religious activities, but deep inside carry the heavy burden of routines that tire out; you may only be serving the eye, waiting for a medal to the merit that someone has placed in the ecclesiastic hierarchy. Today I want to share with you what the Scripture has to say in the book of revelations: “Consider how far you have fallen! Repent and do the things you did at first. If you do not repent, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place” (Vrs. 5).
When we loose hope and enthusiasm, we loose everything; you may be close, but feel far away. Who else but our good God with his restoring Spirit to guide us through his love to true love, so that together we may give a new meaning to everything, which at the end of the day are the most sublime expressions of the mercy and the divine love. My beloved, let us remain submerged in the first love, and let us be happy living in the kingdom that Christ has brought close because of love and as an example of justice. May God bless you abundantly, amen and amen.