Love Like This - Going Through the Motions
Week Four, Day Two
March 26, 2019
If you're in a relationship and just going through the motions, what does that do to your heart? Before you read on, ponder that for a few minutes and pray over it. In 1 Corinthians 13 verses 1-3 we are warned against going through the motions with our love.
"1 If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. 3 If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing."
Spiritual gifts and works are so important. They are amazing actions to take. Further, from yesterday's devotional, we know that love is not just an emotion, it's an action. So, why do these actions alone not do the trick? Our actions must be deliberate. We have to be excited to wake up to these actions. We have to be ready daily to live out these actions. Our hearts must be wide-open to the amazing Kingdom progress that can come from these actions.
You see, action without excitement falls flat. Gifts and service without love is just proof to the other person that you are going through the motions. Imagine scheduling time to hang out with a friend. Your friend shows up and says, "Okay, you get thirty minutes and I'll nod while you talk because I'm supposed to, but I'd like to wrap this up quickly because I've got an episode of Shark Tank waiting for me." If a loved one is going through the motions, it's obvious.
This also applies to the way we worship. We should be awake, excited, and involved. Our worship should be relational, not ritual. Will you let the love that Jesus talks about wake within you today, or will you go through the motions? You decide.
Our loving Jesus, please wake us up today! Let us be revived by your love and excited to wake up to what you have in store. We are excited to love today. We pray that as we continue this devotional, you will teach us new things about how to love, what love is, and more about how you love us. Amen.