Devotional: Priority of Relationship

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Here’s some encouragement and wisdom provided by Dr. Charles Stanley and In Touch Ministries. Let us all remember to keep our relationship with Christ first and foremost in our hearts and minds as we approach this Good Friday.

The Priority of Relationship

Revelation 2:1-7

Ephesus was the home of a tremendous ministry. Despite harsh persecution, the church planted by Paul endured opposition, spread the gospel, and was quick to challenge false prophets. But 30 years after the apostle left, John’s revelation included a stern warning for those believers.

Imagine how the words of Revelation 2 must have struck the Ephesians when they read them. After complimenting their service to the gospel, Christ said, “But I have this against you . . .” That phrase was no doubt extremely disconcerting. The Lord warned them that they had left their first love. In other words, all of their work…

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