“To the angel of the church in Ephesus write: ‘The words of him who holds the seven stars in his right hand, who walks among the seven golden lampstands.

“‘I know your works, your toil and your patient endurance, and how you cannot bear with those who are evil, but have tested those who call themselves apostles and are not, and found them to be false. I know you are enduring patiently and bearing up for my name’s sake, and you have not grown weary. But I have this against you, that you have abandoned the love you had at first. Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent, and do the works you did at first. If not, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place, unless you repent. Yet this you have: you hate the works of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate. He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who conquers I will grant to eat of the tree of life, which is in the paradise of God.’

1.     Do you think love should need tending to?

2.     Do you identify with the Ephesian church’s strengths?  How do they sound in comparison to love?

3.     Do you ever feel like it’s more important to you to be right rather than kind?

4.     Do you have a time in your life when you remember having more passion and love for Jesus than you do now?  Describe it.

5.     What loves, fears and needs do you think might be getting in the way of enjoying Jesus’ love?

6.     Do you agree that Jesus can and should be first love in your life?  How would your life look if he was? How can you move in that direction?

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