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“To the angel of the church in Ephesus write: These are 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. I know that you cannot tolerate evildoers; you have tested those who claim to be apostles but are not, and have found them to be false. I also know that you are enduring patiently and bearing up for the sake of my name, and that you have not grown weary. But I have this against you, that you have abandoned the love you had at first. Remember then from what 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 is to your credit: you hate the works of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate. Let anyone who has an ear listen to what the Spirit is saying to the churches. To everyone who conquers, I will give permission to eat from the tree of life that is in the paradise of God.”
The Most Important Part
You know, things come up in life that can be best faced with a very definite set of qualities. For example, from time-to-time, we all face problems and difficulties that demand strength and decisive action. But at other times, we face situations that might be best confronted with patience and tact. And then again, give the what’s happening, a wise person would probably choose just to let it go and to move on. I guess, as it relates to living in the real world, life just isn’t “one size fits all,” and our best course of action and the qualities we might need to take it, well, it’s dictated by the circumstances involved. And that may be as true for the believer as it is for anyone else.
But having said that, there’s one character trait that’s always important, at least it is for the believer. You see, regardless of the problem or pain, we’re still called to love one another. That command of Christ is constant and should never to be superceded by other demands and considerations. And so, as we go about doing the best we can to live as God has called and equipped us to live, let’s work to develop those qualities that will enable to confront and overcome the challenges we face. But as we do that, let’s never forget that we’re still called to love God and one another, and when you get right down to it, that’s really the most important part.