What if I told you that I loved my wife dearly while at the same time admitting to you that I rarely speak to her? What if I told you that I really don't listen to her either. You might say that I really don't love my wife. You would be correct. I may even deeply desire the idea of loving my wife. This, too, isn't love. Such is the relationship that many have with Christ.


Take some time to examine yourself. Are you reading your Bible daily? The Bible is God's revelation of Himself to us. This is how He talks to us. You won't hear a thing if you aren't reading His word. Jesus said, "It is written, 'MAN SHALL NOT LIVE ON BREAD ALONE, BUT ON EVERY WORD THAT PROCEEDS OUT OF THE MOUTH OF GOD'" (Matthew 4:4). In Romans 10:17 Paul says, "So faith comes from hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ." So, while bread is good for the body, it is entirely insufficient for the soul. You must long for the pure spiritual milk of the word (1 Peter 2:2) and the bread of life (John 6:35). For God is a spirit and so He seeks such people to worship Him in Spirit and Truth (John 4:23-24).


Are you going to God in prayer daily? Prayer is how we talk to Him. When did you last speak? One thing is certain--He won't hear you if you're not talking. You can go to him right now in prayer. There is nothing magical about the words you use and there is nothing mystical about how you use them. Jesus says to avoid vain repetitions (Matthew 6:7). Pray from your heart! Read David's prayer in Psalm 51. Let this be a model for your own repentance and growth. Your prayers can be longer or shorter. A meaningful, "I love you" from the heart of a husband to his beloved wife is of more worth than several minutes of empty chatter. Likewise, speaking at length from the heart is of infinitely more value than an empty "I love you" spoken heartlessly from a feeling of obligation.


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