Speaker: Lukus Counterman - Knowing and loving God is our greatest privilege, and being known and loved is God’s greatest pleasure. Perhaps that’s why Paul closes the book of Ephesians with a call to love the Lord Jesus Christ with love incorruptible (Eph 6:24). The concept of love is a big theme in Ephesians – Paul mentions it almost 20 times. But unfortunately, in the hustle and bustle of promoting orthodoxy and protecting truth, the church at Ephesus lost its first love. By the time the apostle John writes the book of Revelation (some 33 years later), affections waned, hearts drifted, and the Ephesian church had abandoned the foundational love that once characterized them (Rev 2:4). Loving God and others is a choice, not an accident. It must be intentionally sought, and passionately pursued or it will fade into a distant memory of a time gone by. Christ says that a church without love will be removed, so may such a warning call our hearts back to the Lord and grow our love for him and others.