Believe it or not, Shakespeare was not the first to write of passion. And he also did not write about the kind of raw passion that I’m talking about now. Today, we are talking about the true and real passion that God has for us, and how that changes everything. The story of God’s love is amazing, but it isn’t nearly as incredible without one essential piece–passion.
God doesn’t just care about us. No, Jesus didn’t just die on the cross because he was playing his part in the Trinity. God loves us more than we can fathom, and that means more than you think. He doesn’t just gawk at us, saying, “Isn’t that nice.” or “Oh, I love her” and “I love him”. God puts action in his passion for us, and that’s what we have seen throughout all of time.
In accordance with your great love, forgive the sin of these people, just as you have pardoned them from the time they left Egypt until now.” Numbers 14:19
This scenario talks about how because God loved the people, he had taken them out of their misery in Egypt, and forgiven them for the sin in that time. The Lord cared about his people to save them once, and he would do it again and again.
In Judges, the Israelites fall out of following God countless times, but after realizing only the one true God could save them they would repent and pray for forgiveness…and then they would fall away again. This process was called the Cycle of Apostasy, and went on for generations. Nevertheless, God forgave the nation countless times and rose up leaders, or judges, to rescue the nation. God loved his people so much that he did what it took to bring them to him. To their misfortune, they kept making the wrong decisions and would stop following him after so much time.
Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him.” 1 John 4:7-9
God loved us so passionately that he gave us his son. And we are to love the same way. This verse does not mean that those who aren’t Christians don’t love their families or friends, rather, it means that they cannot love like love is meant to be in its greatest form: love from God, “for love comes from God.” We are to bring to all people this wonderful blessing of true passion. There is no passion like God’s.
Dictionary.com’s definition of passion words it very well: “a strong or extravagant fondness, enthusiasm, or desire for anything”. God has enthusiasm and fondness for us. God is excited about you. He only wants you to be passionate for him.