> "Thou hast left thy first love."
> Revelation 2:4
> Ever to be remembered is that best and brightest of hours, when first we saw theLord, lost our burden, received the roll of promise, rejoiced in full salvation,and went on our way in peace. It was spring time in the soul; the winter was past;the mutterings of Sinai's thunders were hushed; the flashings of its lightningswere no more perceived; God was beheld as reconciled; the law threatened novengeance, justice demanded no punishment. Then the flowers appeared in our heart;hope, love, peace, and patience sprung from the sod; the hyacinth of repentance,the snowdrop of pure holiness, the crocus of golden faith, the daffodil of earlylove, all decked the garden of the soul. The time of the singing of birds wascome, and we rejoiced with thanksgiving; we magnified the holy name of ourforgiving God, and our resolve was, "Lord, I am thine, wholly thine; all I am, andall I have, I would devote to thee.
Thou hast bought me with thy blood--let mespend myself and be spent in thy service. In life and in death let me beconsecrated to thee." How have we kept this resolve? Our espousal love burned with a holy flame of devoutedness to Jesus--is it the same now? Might not Jesus will say to us, "I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love"?Alas! it is but little we have done for our Master's glory. Our winter has lasted all too long. We are as cold as ice when we should feel a summer's glow and bloom with sacred flowers. We give to God pence when he deserveth pounds, nay, deserveth our heart's blood to be coined in the service of his church and of his truth. But shall we continue thus? O Lord, after thou hast so richly blessed us, shall we be ungrateful and become indifferent to thy good cause and work? O quicken us that wemay return to our first love, and do our first works! Send us a genial spring, OSun of Righteousness.
The evening session is worthy of discussion.
Many would see this as an indication that one can loose his/her salvation. Being the Calvinist that he was---this is not ANY indication that he suggested that one can loose salvation !
TEXAS, by GOD