Antidote For Apathy

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I recall during my time at Trinity Bible College, I read the quote from Jim Elliot and it really stuck with me. Some time later, I was thinking about another quote I had heard over the years which went something along the lines of “The opposite of love is not hate, but indifference (or apathy).” I felt really convicted by these ideas and what the Bible had to say about them, and just the idea that doing nothing was not loving at all (the story in Luke 6:32-36 comes to mind also). The thought of being ineffective, idle and unloving was what motivated this prayer. And I truly believe that the love of God is the only thing that is a lasting and persevering antidote for our apathy, because it is his love that compels us to love others beyond what we would normally be capable of, and which overcomes worldly, temporal fears. So this song is for me is a prayer. Pondering all these things, also bought to mind the scripture in verse two “he who tries to save his life will lose it.” It seemed to be the scriptural “version” of the Jim Elliot quote.

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He is no fool who gives up what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose.

Oh Father, forgive our indifference,
May you love, motivate us.

Be our antidote for apathy.
Cure our animosity.
Inspire our complacency.
Be our strength in our inadequacy.
That we come to you in dependent in prayer.
The hope for which the world despairs,
Is found in one who came to serve.
A divine man, who walked the earth.

Who gave his life for the underserved.

He is no fool who gives up what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose. And he who tries to save his life will lose it.

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from Mercy, released April 10, 2019
Written by Tenielle Neda

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