Lord, Increase Our Love for You

“Yet I hold this against you: You have forsaken the love you had at first.”

— Revelation 2:4

Do you love the Lord more than you did ten years ago? I can think of a little girl of about six who was kneeling beside her bed saying her prayers. Her mother was sitting on the bed, helping her by suggesting things for her to pray about. Finally, her mother said, “Darling, why don’t you pray that God might enable you to love Jesus more.”

The little girl looked up in astonishment and said, “But mommy, I am just crazy about Him now.” I wonder how many could really say that today. Paul said, “If anyone does not love the Lord Jesus Christ, let him be cursed!” (1 Corinthians 16:22).

In one of the great art museums, a poor man, not well dressed, was standing in front of a picture of Christ on the cross. He was standing there with his hat in his hand, looking at the picture for a long time. Finally, totally oblivious of those who were in the museum about him, he said, “Bless Him. Bless Him. I love Him. I love Him.” The quiet mumbling stopped and all turned their eyes upon him.

Another man walked up to him, took him by the arm, and said, “I love Him, too.”

A third said, “And so do I.”

A fourth, “And I, also.” A little group of people, totally unknown to one another, was drawn together by the love they had for Christ.

It is God’s grace in our hearts that causes us to love the Savior.

Oh, Lord Jesus, forgive me for ever taking Your cross for granted. Please, increase my love for You. As the hymnist said, “let me never, never outlive my love for Thee”…