The Power of Grace Ministries

February 8

The only way we can “hear” of a person’s faith is to hear of their efforts of love toward other people. Paul heard of the love pf the Ephesians because at one time they showed love to people that obviously made a difference in their lives. Sadly enough Ephesians is also identified as the Loveless church in the second chapter of Revelations. How could they go from love that could be heard of all the way from Ephesus to where Paul was in prison in Rome; to becoming the loveless church?  According to Revelations 2:2-4 we see where they became so caught up in their works for the Lord and confronting those who were is sin that they forgot their First love which is Jesus.

Ephesians 1:15-16
, 15, therefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints, 16, do not cease to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers:

                Many Christians reading these two verses do not realize that this is one of the two prayers that Paul prayed for the Ephesians and we can enter into these prayers. At this point is where I ask my fellow Christians if Paul would have heard about you would it be because of your faith? In the book of Zechariah 8:23, we read "Thus says the Lord of hosts: 'In those days ten men from every language of the nations shall grasp the sleeve of a Jewish man, saying, "Let us go with you, for we have heard that God is with you." Here is another question we must ask ourselves as followers of Christ. Is our life of walking by faith so prevalent to people that they are grasping our sleeve waning to go to church with us? I daresay that because of the legalism that is so prevalent in the church today most people do not want anything to do with Christians. Keep in mind we are reading in Ephesians which is a letter written by Paul to the church in Ephesus. A church he was with for two years and then they received his letter which explains in great detail how they can walk in God's love toward other people. And yet in revelations Jesus calls them the loveless church. He acknowledges all of their great work and their diligence to walk according to His laws and has this against them, that they had left their first love. We must always ask our self are we striving so hard to appear perfect and righteous before man that we have lost our first love.