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“Beloved, let us love one another; for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth god.  He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love” (1 John 4:7).


Most of us will never forget our first love.  Whether it was someone in grade school, high school or college, we always remember their name and how they looked.  Every time you think about them you kind of smile at the sweet innocent love you had for that individual.  Later in life, when we start dating we always try to be on our best behavior.  We strive to be polite and courteous; we wouldn’t dream of losing our patience or our tempers.  When you’re out on a date and you’re down to the last slice of pizza, you offer it to your date first even though you’re hungry.  Then, several dates down the road, you offer to cut the last slice in two so that you both can share it.  After you’re married, forget  about it; you just about smack their hand out of the way; that last piece has your  name written all over it, and it’s every man for himself.


We as Christians relate this with the way we feel when we first give our hearts to Jesus.  Our hearts are afire with a zeal to work for Him, to try and repay Him for all that He has done for us.  We strive to read His Word and to pray every day so that we can be closer to Him.  We really want to give our all to Him and wouldn’t dream of missing a service.  But all too often those feelings fade with time.  Soon it seems that we can’t find the time to pray, let alone read His Word.  We find ourselves drifting away and ill equipped to deal with the every day struggles.  How can we stop this process from happening?  Is it possible to keep that “First Love” feeling alive?


Let’s be honest; it’s impossible to feel the same way all the time.  We are, after all, human beings and we’re by no means perfect.  But there are things we can do the stir up that “First Love” feeling within us.


Sometimes we need to be reminded of just how much Jesus loves us.  Sometimes we need to look back and remember where we were without Him in our lives.  Sometimes we need to just sit back and realize just how awesome God really is.  Who but God could love us so much that He would send His only Son to die in our place?  Who but Jesus would love us so much that He would lay His life down so that we could have salvation?  When you think about all He’s done, who He really is and really feel the depth of His love, how could we not love Him?



I was guilty of all charges, doomed and dismayed.

But Jesus with His precious love, He pleaded my case.

He pleaded, and pleaded, He pleaded my case.

Jesus dropped the charges, Jesus dropped the charges,

Jesus dropped the charges, and now I’m free by love and grace.

He dropped the charges, Jesus dropped the charges.

Cast them all away.

He dropped the charges, Jesus dropped the charges.

He changed my night to day.

He picked me up; He turned me ‘round.

He gave me a brand new song.

At Calvary I heard Him say, At Calvary I heard Him say,

“Case dismissed!  Case dismissed!”

I’m saved by grace.


Love is….

If you were to look up the word “love” in the dictionary, you would find that it says a profoundly tender affection for another person, a feeling of warm attachment or deep affection.  It would also say a lot of other things.  But love really isn't that easy to define.  It’s more than just affection; it’s more than just a tender attachment.

Love is gentle,

Love is kind,

Love is strong,

Love is true,

Love is not proud,

Love is not boastful,

Love is patient,

Love is hopeful,

Love never fails,

“Many waters cannot quench love; Neither can the floods drown it” (Song of Solomon 8:7).

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Billie Grubbs






Copyright There's Good News February 2007


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