Thanks Greg, for allowing us to be part of your Thankful Thursday.
Passion - an intense or overwhelming emotion such as joy or love.
The word passion generally conjures up thoughts of romantic love in our minds. Even thoughts of lust seem to be indicated by the word.
In reality, passion extends to a lot more than the intense, physical feelings we experience in our marriage relationships. Passion is a necessary catalyst for love to abound. It is a necessary emotion that we use as a transporter of love from one person to another. Especially in our love for God. We must be passionate about the way we love God.
Deuteronomy 6:5 tells us "And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, with all thy soul, and with all thy might."
It doesn't say we should 'like the LORD'. It doesn't say with 'some of our heart' and 'most of our souls.' It clearly states all. All of our heart. All of our soul. All of our might.
That's pretty powerful love. That is an intense, overwhelming, passionate love for our LORD. A love that takes all the energy and passion that we can muster up.
Passion for Christ.
Our passion for Him should reflect His deep passion for us. He is passionate about His creation. Every time God created something, He noted the goodness of it. Even us. He is deeply passionate about His love for us.
John 3:16 is evidence of that. He was filled with such powerful love for us that He gave the precious life of His only Son. He gave that life to take our place on the Cross so that we could experience salvation and eternal life.
God is passionate about His love for us.
We need to be intense in our love for God and in our worship of Him. We need to love Him with ALL our heart. With every ounce of our capacity to love. Connecting our heart with His.
Fueling our passion with even more worship. Fueling our passion with deeper surrender. Fueling our passion with more knowledge and understanding.
Opening our hearts wide and pouring out fully. Inhaling His passion for us and exhaling our passion for Him.
Intense, purposed and surrendered to a passionate pursuit of a passionate God.
Thank you, God for allowing us to feel passion in our love for you. You are worthy!