Thursday, November 11, 2010

thankful for PASSION

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!


Denise said...

Thank you.Please keep blogging the lords encouagement to us.I love to read your blogs.

nita said...

Hi Beth,
Thank you for this. God Bless - Nita

Alleluiabelle said...

I so love you my friend. Your mind, heart and soul are so full of love, wisdom, encouragement and inspiration to me. I LOVE your tender heart for our precious Lord. Many times I come here just to always fill me up.

Peace & Hugs,

Anonymous said...

Oh, to seek Him with the passion you describe, Beth! I want to "fuel" my passion with all I have and all I can be. Thanks for caring about us who read these great posts and placing that desire in us. Wish I did not need to be "reminded" but I do!!
loving you, ~ linda

GlowinGirl said...

If only our passion for Him would surpass our passions for less worthy things on a moment by moment basis. How amazing would our lives be!

Faith Imagined said...

Yes! I want to love Jesus passionately and live for Him passionately!

Denise said...

"Inhaling His passion for us and exhaling our passion for Him."

Oh may it ever be so...with an intensity and saturation beyond my finite mind's ability to dream.

I always find such Truth and grace here! Blessings to you!


Warren Baldwin said...

This is something I keep working on! Well done.

You should get the books in a day or two. Included a cd I recorded on Proverbs 5 as well. Will be part of a recorded series. Most of it is written, but takes a long time to record and edit. Would appreciate your feedback on the recording - material, quality of the recording, etc.