A first love means a love that comes before all others: the greatest love.
Greater than our love for:
- Our family
- Our friends
Even when we love and serve and give for others, our love for Jesus has to come before any of that, so that we can love them with a divine love. That’s why Jesus said:
“If anyone comes to Me and does not hate his father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, yes, and his own life also, he cannot be My disciple.” Luke 14:26.
When Jesus is our first consideration then relationships can flourish because all that we do is free from the persuasion of sin and self-seeking. First our relationship with the Father and the Son, and then too our earthly relationships.