Months ago, I wrote a post, you might be familiar with 😉
Today’s Discussion | We Can’t Be Passionate Christians
This post definitely created a HUGE discussion. ❤
I would say in an ironic twist, people became passionate about a post saying we shouldn’t be passionate Christians.
There seemed to be some confusion, so I later added the disclaimer.
“Just wanted to add this quick note. This post is NOT referring to the positives of having passion, especially when referring to being zealous for Christ. Rather, this post is to focus on critical reasons of why are we being passionate, and the unfortunate reason in most cases.”
But it didn’t seem to help clarify what I wanted it to.
I wrote my post from the perspective passion tends to be from strong emotions or feelings. Emotions, and feelings, tend to be temperamental.
Temperamental- Sensitive, irritable, and moody.
Oxford definition of passion- barely uncontrollable emotion
These were what inspired the post. The perspective of when we become emotional and passionate because we are angry because we lack the fruit of self-control.
A very in the moment reaction from us. We become passionate about the wrong things. Passionate about telling everyone else how to live and have a relationship with Christ.
But this passion of devotion and enthusiasm does not reflect Christ.
He. Wasn’t. Like. This.
I’m not denying other prophets and disciples can be seen as passionate. But we aren’t to be like other prophets or disciples, we are to be like Christ. I’m not saying, Paul, for example, being passionate was wrong. But we can’t look at them as a reason we can act a particular way. We have to look at Christ only as our example.
My main concern was I didn’t want believers to try to justify their passionate anger as the same kind of anger Christ exhibited. As Christ did not fall into temptation nor did He ever sin, His situation is different than what we experience when we get angry, and in the moment, passionate.
However, I did not shut out what everyone was saying. ❤
Following the same Oxford definition, we see towards the end, another explanation of passion which is intense enthusiasm or desire for something.
This is the part I believe many of you were focused on. Being zealous for Christ. Devoted and enthusiastic in the right manner.
And you know what, I don’t blame you guys. 🙂
Which is why today I am going to share the other side of passion. 🙂 ❤ A passion we should aim for as Christians.
Let’s talk about feelings.
A feeling tends to be a worldly term, and I’ve noticed, when it comes to having a relationship with Christ, there are terms the world will use loosely. These same terms are looked upon differently when it comes to being a believer.
There is one main feeling we all talk about when it comes to Christ.
It all comes down to love.
Many people commented about the love of Christ in relating to passion. So, let’s explore love just a bit.
Three parts of love and its synonyms –
Affection Based On Esteem- respect, appreciation, regard, and admiration.
Passionate And Tender Devotion- passion, desire, emotion, worship, and enjoyment.
Lively And Enduring Interest- passion, relish, affection, zest, and inclination.
Passion does have a huge role in love.
Which means it certainly can be an attribute of a Christian. The question remains how do we incorporate proper passion when it comes to our love for Christ and others?
In a post, almost written two years ago, I covered the love chapter in great detail.
If you want to read on the secret of love, and how to overcome everything, check out this post.
Related Post | Secret Of The Love Chapter
I’m not going to repeat what I wrote, rather expand upon it. Christlike passion means we have passion that is similar to Christ.
We also know that Christ is love.
Therefore, our passion needs to reflect love at all times.
Here is what Christlike passion is not.
Christlike passion is not envious.
Christlike passion is not exhibiting passion for attention.
Christlike passion is not about gloating, being arrogant, or being prideful.
Christlike passion is not shown in a rude manner.
Christlike passion is not passion for ourselves but others.
Christlike passion is not provoked, nor do we become passionate when provoked.
Christlike passion is not evil.
Christlike passion is not passionate about the sin of others, rather passionate about the truth.
Here is what Christlike passion is.
Christlike passion suffers and is shown in a kind manner.
Christlike passion is supportive at all times. Meaning we are hopeful for others to turn to God. We encourage others with love to turn to Him. We support others getting to know Christ and want to support them accepting salvation and a relationship with Christ.
Christlike passion believes in all things. It does not doubt.
Christlike passion endures in all things. It does not waver. It is consistent.
True Christlike passion will not fail.
It is a passion of compassion. A passion for others. Christ was an advocate was for the lost, the poor, and the children.
A passion for Christ. One shown daily to Him in all aspects of our walk with Him. In this passion, maybe we are emotional but it’s between us and Him, not for the eyes of others. A very intimate and special bond.
This kind of passion is different than being vocally passionate.
It comes from our heart. It comes from our actions. It comes from having a relationship with Christ. It is formed out of love.
A gentle passion on the outside, but one inwardly strong enough not to be moved.
This passion is not one we can manifest from ourselves. We will only create a flawed and misgiving passion, erupting in anger, and one that flinches at easy vulnerability.
It is a passion crafted by the Potter’s hand and refined by the Refiner’s fire of the Holy Spirit.
The perspective I had with the first post, I stand by, but I don’t think I covered everything the way I should have, and that caused confusion, especially because of its one-sidedness.
I am continually growing with the grace of God, thank goodness ❤
At the end of the post, it was about love, and our passion has to be the same.
We are not to be passionate in the worldly sense. Not temperamental. Not only in the moment. But we absolutely should wear love deeply, and this love from Christ creates a Christlike passion within us.
What are your thoughts?
Does this explanation help? 🙂
Ultimately, as a writer and believer, I want people to be pushed, and I want people to discuss because they are pushed. We need to open our perspectives, share our perspectives, not only learn from each other but listen.
I hope you felt heard ❤ ~ T. R. Noble