There is nothing like being in love. You wake up, and you anticipate the sound of their voice. The phone rings, and you wonder if it’s them. You get nervous and spend way too much time on your hair. Your stomach does things it shouldn’t do, and you start buying new items that make you smell good.
Do you remember when being in His presence gave you a pleasing aroma?
(2 Cor. 2:14 NASB) “But thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and manifests through us the sweet aroma of the knowledge of Him in every place.” Or this verse, “Your lips, my bride, drip honey; Honey and milk are under your tongue, And the fragrance of your garments is like the fragrance of Lebanon” (Songs of Solomon 4:11).
Marriages come and go. People will say, “I love (insert name), but I am not in love with them.”
Sometimes after we have been with a person for a while, we stop doing what we may have done at first. If you are a man, perhaps you stopped opening the car door, gained some weight, stopped listening to her, or wooing her? I could name numerous signs of neglect on both parties. These things happen when we become comfortable with our spouses. Yes, we start taking them for granted. All the extra stuff they do for us becomes expected. We forget what all they sacrifice.
Sometimes we forget what HE sacrificed.
Do you remember when spending time with your spouse used to give you butterflies and make you nervous? After years, things just aren’t as exciting. Yeshua said the same thing to His bride.
“Yet I hold this against you: You have forsaken the love you had at first. Consider how far you have fallen! Repent and do the things you did at first.” Revelations 2:4-5 NIV.
He says, stop and meditate on how much faith, zeal, and excitement you had at the beginning. Remember the compassionate words you used to use when you spoke of me. Then he says, repent. The word Nahum in Hebrew means – to lament, to grieve with great emotions that will motivate us to turn around and run back to our first love in obedience and with a heart that longs to please The Father.
“Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth– for your love is more delightful than wine” (Song of Solomon 1:2 NIV).
I used to know a lady, whose husband was stationed in Vietnam. She was pregnant when he left, and he had been gone for over a year. They had no internet, no face time, and no way to communicate except snail mail. My friend waited with anticipation for every love letter. She would check her mailbox every day, waiting and looking for the mailman with great zeal.
A love letter!
We have a love letter from ABBA–His Holy Word! Do you think when my friend received her husband’s message from afar, that she just threw it on the coffee table and said, ‘Oh I’ll get to that later? I need to start a load of laundry, or the ball game’s coming on at 6 p.m. I have to start dinner.”
No, I think she went into the bathroom or bedroom and shut the door and held that letter to her heart. She probably smelled the paper and read each word carefully. Not only that, she probably read that letter over and over again, until she got the next one. That letter became worn, smudged, and creased.
Do you have a love letter? Do you have a lover you’ve been neglecting?
“I am my beloved’s and my beloved is mine, He who pastures his flock among the lilies” (Song of Solomon 6:3 NASB).