“For my flesh is true food, and my blood is true drink. Anyone who eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me, and I in him. I live because of the living Father who sent me; in the same way, anyone who feeds on me will live because of me. I am the true bread that came down from heaven. Anyone who eats this bread will not die as your ancestors did (even though they ate the manna) but will live forever.” John 6:55-58, NLT
Love is an action. God’s Love is active in us when we allow Him to work in and through us. The closer we grow in a relationship with Jesus, the closer we grow in relationships with those around us. But it’s so easy to become passive about loving God and others, which means we open the door for sin.
Sometimes passivity is disguised by activity. We can use ‘godly’ activities to avoid God and not ask ourselves if we are truly loving others. As a result, we can end up seeking acceptance through relationships and other things, which is idolatry. Passivity is a heart issue. When we surrender our hearts to God, He fills us with His Spirit and His love, which compels us to action.
In his song, The Motions, Matthew West expresses his desire to move beyond passivity in his relationship with God:
“No regrets, not this time
I'm gonna let my heart defeat my mind,
Let Your love make me whole.
I think I'm finally feeling something.”
The “something” we need to feel is more of God’s love. It’s irreplaceable and unconditional, the very core of what we need daily.
Father, we humbly come to You. Please reveal where we have let passivity creep in. Remove our pride and let us overflow with Your love. May Your love guide us into action and into a deeper relationship with You and others. Amen.
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