Love is active, it is not passive.

It does not sit in its warm fuzzy feeling, rather love does.

Dearest Reader,

Christmas has passed and we are barreling towards a new year, a new decade. You may be asking, “Why, Tammy, this last Advent installment now?”

Since you’ve asked, I will tell you. While pondering these weeks I had an epiphany.

We move towards Christmas with breathless anticipation anxiously awaiting for the Christ child. In the meantime, do we really realize the cost of God’s love for us?

Love is active.

God’s Son, leaves his father’s side and comes to us a humble baby in a manger. Imagine the conversation, the goodbys.

Not one time have my adult children and precious grandchildren driven away without me shedding tears. Waving and blowing kisses until they are out of sight.

There is not one ounce of passivity in God’s urgency to save us from ourselves. Brings you to knees, doesn’t it?

Love bears. 

It bears our sins.

1 Peter 2:24 “He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed.” (ESV)

Likewise, we are to bear with one another.

2 Corinthians 4:1&2 “I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love.” (ESV)

Love covers.

Jesus covers our sins with his grace, his very life. Likewise, we are to do the same for others.

1 Peter 4:8 “Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins.” (ESV)

Our Heavenly Father covers us with his protection.

Psalm 91: 4 “He will cover you with his pinions, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness is a shield and buckler.” (ESV)

Also, it goes.

Deep knowledge and intimacy with our Heavenly Father should compel us to go.

What are we to go and do?

Mark 16:15 “And he said to them, ‘Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation’.” (ESV)

For weeks I have been listening to Sandra McCracken’s Christmas album.

Her voice wrecks me, the lyrics compel and beckon me close to the One who came to save us all. 

One song, All Is Well, has settled deep in my bones. I cannot get past the words:

“So go to the fields, go to the mountains
Sweep out the shadows, there’s good news to tell
Be still, oh sorrow, for joy has found us
Grace to surround us, Emmanuel”

Beyond receiving God’s love, Dearest One, we have work to do. 

Love is active, it is not passive. It does not sit in its warm fuzzy feeling, rather love does. It bears, covers, and goes.

In case you missed the Advent Devotions, you can find them below:

Hope Is

Peace Is

Joy Is

I look forward to seeing you in 2020!

Lastly, I am here to encourage you, equip you, and guide you as you redefine your wilderness. You can comment below or send a private email to tlmashburn@yahoo.com.

Your Wilderness Guide,

 

*In January we will pick up with Ezra, chapter seven. Until then, you can catch up here.

*Scripture quotes are from Bible.com

PS: My first book, Mornings In The Word, is available now. Order your copy today.

“There is no space to live well or love well, much less pursue the God who created us to be in fellowship with Him. We close the gap between what we need and what we want with more. Our spinning lives and broken hearts are empty while appearing full. We paste a smile on our face and tell anyone who asks we are okay while inside we are shattering a million different ways.” -Mornings In The Word