Tuesday, 14 August 2018

Return to Your First Love.

My relationship with Clara is an experience I'd never forget in life.
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Clara and I were best of friends. We understood each other, we sacrificed our comfort just to ensure we made progress in our academics and we virtually agreed on almost everything we both had in common.
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From music, religious belief, values on purity and life's principles to sport, purpose and marriage; we blended well.
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She opened my eyes to a whole lots of things about the women folks, she taught me some principles that helped me become a better man and I also reciprocated because I wanted her to be the best among other women.
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But unfortunately, this chapter I am about to write became the last straw that broke the camels neck.
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I never knew what went wrong with me that I began to nurse feelings for Mary. Mary came with her deceptive look, she appeared flashy as opposed to Clara's decency, moderacy and simplicity.
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I lusted after her beauty, little did I know that she had no substance. She had a good container but an empty content. My relationship with Mary never lasted forever but I lost those good times I relished with Clara.
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Of a truth, beauty is vanity but a woman that fears the Lord shall be praised.
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Before you blame me, learn from my experience.
How I wish I never left her!
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Return to your First love my brother and sister!
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I do not mean your relationship with your boyfriend or girlfriend or with your ex, I mean your relationship with God.
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Remember the first love you had for God! Those times you delight in hours of worship, studying the Bible and enjoying fellowship with other brethren in the household of faith.
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Have you forgotten those moments when you walk or run into issues in life and His gentle still small voice whispers solution to you?
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Do not forget those first works you did for God. Then, praying for the lost is not a burden, in fact, prayer was a delight to your soul, studying the Bible felt as a honeycomb to your taste. You'd rather prefer to spend time with God than to gossip or chat on social media.
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Alas, there came that young man who promised to love you more than Him through lies and flatteries.
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From nowhere, that lady strolled into your life with the appearance of an angel but she had a heart of Delilah. You lusted after her and she took you away from your First Love.
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They promised you love but they exposed you to lust, immorality and sexual sins. They deceitfully and pleasurably took you away from His secret place.
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You now enjoy to chat with them for hours than to spend time with God. Prayer has now become a laborious task but you delight in having those meaningless and filthy conversation with them.
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Yours may not be a relationship but now, work, marriage, the pursuit of happiness and wealth has taken you away from God.
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Because of relevance on social media, you're now an adept expert in Facebooking, twitting and instagram usage so that your fans or followers would think you're spiritual, learned or social.
Are you now pursuing ministry at the expense of your walk with God or you now employ gimmicks to do the work of God rather than follow His blueprint?
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My brother, my sister, return to your First Love.
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He's still waiting where you left Him.
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He stands knocking at the door of your heart. But the more you kept pursuing those vanities, the fainter His voice becomes.
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You may still be going to church but you've backslided already. You can still be singing in the choir but your voice lacks recognition in heaven.
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Before, when you sing, sinners weep but now, they give you a standing ovation because you have invested so much in skill at the expense of the anointing.
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Return to your First Love and don't allow the devil use that secret sin or relationship to destroy you completely.
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God loves you. Jesus equally does and do not want you to perish.
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Forgiveness is still possible if only you'd repent and go back to God. Like the prodigal son, arise and go back to your Father.
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The devil has sin and its pleasure to offer but He will make you lose your soul in eternity.
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This post is a wake up call to everyone that has left their First Love and those first works they did when they were dwelling in the secret place of the Most High.
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I pray that you will find the grace to repent and turn to God for complete restoration to your first love.

© Oluwamayowa Adeniyi.

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