Passive righteousness tells us that God does not need our good works. Active righteousness tells us that our neighbors that our neighbors do. The aim and direction of good works are horizontal, not vertical. So on the horizontal plane – in creature-to-creature relationships (active righteousness) – we can happy talk about effort, action, good etc. But its important to remember two things.
First, it is the passive righteousness of faith that precedes and produces the active righteousness of love for others…
Second, and this is extremely important, our hearts work like magnets that always draw the horizontal (nonsaving) plane toward the vertical.
– Tchividian, Tullian; One Way Love: Inexhaustible Grace for an Exhausted World; David Cook Publishers; copyright 2013; Kindle Edition; Location 2285