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Jesus Christ praised the church in Ephesus for their works, labor, patience and perseverance (Revelation 2:1-3 Revelation 2:1-3 1 To the angel of the church of Ephesus write; These things said he that holds the seven stars in his right hand, who walks in the middle of the seven golden candlesticks; 2 I know your works, and your labor, and your patience, and how you can not bear them which are evil: and you have tried them which say they are apostles, and are not, and have found them liars: 3 And have borne, and have patience, and for my name’s sake have labored, and have not fainted.
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). But He warned, “Nevertheless I have this against you, that you have left your first love” (Revelation 2:4 Revelation 2:4Nevertheless I have somewhat against you, because you have left your first love.
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Jesus also warned Christians in the end time, “Because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold” (Matthew 24:12 Matthew 24:12And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.
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). This is in stark contrast to the true love Christ said would characterize His Church: “By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another” (John 13:35 John 13:35By this shall all men know that you are my disciples, if you have love one to another.
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What is “first love,” and how can seasoned Christians recapture it? How can we have the kind of love Jesus had and not let it grow cold? Here are some biblical tips.

A new Christian typically experiences a “first love” for the truth, eagerly studying God's Word. What we were learning was so exciting, we would burn the midnight oil to learn more. Christ says the Ephesians had begun with an excitement and love for truth, but internal betrayal and spiritual battles had eroded much of their enthusiasm.

So Christ told them, “Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent and do the first works” (Revelation 2:5 Revelation 2:5Remember therefore from where you are fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come to you quickly, and will remove your candlestick out of his place, except you repent.
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It is possible to recapture the first love. With prayer and study, the former love for God and His truths can be rekindled.

There was a time when David found he had drifted away from God. He no longer felt that former joy he'd had. He repented and fervently prayed, “Restore to me the joy of Your salvation, and uphold me by Your generous Spirit” (Psalms 51:12 Psalms 51:12Restore to me the joy of your salvation; and uphold me with your free spirit.
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). David was reconciled with God, stirred up God's Spirit and went on to serve Him faithfully and zealously for the rest of his life.

If we return to a diligent study of the Scriptures and ask God to restore a spiritual hunger for His wonderful truths, God will hear and answer us (Matthew 7:7-8 Matthew 7:7-8 7 Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and you shall find; knock, and it shall be opened to you: 8 For every one that asks receives; and he that seeks finds; and to him that knocks it shall be opened.
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). Then as we study it will be like God is speaking directly to us, and we will be uplifted by the hope that has motivated the faithful down through the centuries. This love for the truth can help us not fall for the “lawlessness” that abounds in the end time (Matthew 24:12 Matthew 24:12And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.
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). Staying close to God and stirring up His Spirit will also help us avoid allowing the lawlessness of others to drag us down.

God wants us to continue assembling together and considering “one another in order to stir up love and good works” (Hebrews 10:24-25 Hebrews 10:24-25 24 And let us consider one another to provoke to love and to good works: 25 Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as you see the day approaching.
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). Fellowshipping with God and our fellow Christians can help us keep our love from growing cold.

There is much more to this subject, so please consider the related resources below.

The Road to Eternal Life and Transforming Your Life: The Process of Conversion

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