Passive About Loving
“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
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. If you really love someone, then you show it by how you act toward that person. It’s so easy to become passive about loving God and others, which means we open the door for sin.
There are times when passivity is disguised by activity. We can use ‘godly’ activities to avoid God and not ask ourselves if we are truly loving others. The Bible says, “Let’s not merely say that we love each other; let us show the truth by our actions” -1 John 3:18. Our love is revealed in how we act. Love is not an emotion, if it were God would not command us to love. If I told you right now to be sad you couldn't on command be sad. 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.-John 6:55-58
Have you heard the song The Motions by Matthew West? It 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.”
When he says, “I think I’m finally feeling something” that something is God’s love. We all need to feel God’s irreplaceable and unconditional love. It’s the very core of what we need every day. Stop seeking acceptance through relationships and other things, because that’s idolatry.
Father God, I humbly come to You. Please reveal where I have let passivity creep in. Remove my pride and let me overflow with Your love. May Your love guide me into action and into a deeper relationship with You and others. In your Name I pray, Amen.