Imagine a wife that tirelessly seeks to please her husband, by engaging in several tasks she thinks would present her as a responsible wife. She gets very little sleep and very little rest. The more she does, the more others praise her as the good wife.
It gets to a point where the wife is worn out. Nevertheless, she pushes herself. Others still go on with praising her as the prime example of a wife. One thing is amiss: she has forgotten her first love.
“Yet I hold this against you: You have forsaken the love you had at first.” (Revelation 2:4)
She no longer does anything for fun, but out of obligation. She has lost sight of the joy of her love for her husband. Life for her now has to do with doing more and more, to be praised more and more. What she forgets is that before she could ever do anything for her husband, he had already praised her to be the best wife ever.
Church, Jesus loves you regardless of what you do or don’t do. Nothing is going to change his love for you. Not even your weaknesses. Let our minds rest in the beauty of his love for us.
“But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8)