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What are you passionate about? What compels or controls your actions? These are good questions to ponder. Our passions can tell us a lot about the state of our heart.
According to Scripture, passion can be broken down into two categories: desires of the flesh (or worldly passion) and godly passion.
The difference between the two is that worldly passion is self-seeking. Whereas, godly passion considers God’s desires and seeks to align itself with His will. This passion goes beyond mere feelings. It crucifies (sacrifices or puts to death) the ungodly desires of the flesh for the sake of God’s desire in our lives.
If we follow the desires of the flesh we will never be satisfied because we weren’t created to live for ourselves. A shallow existence will never satisfy the soul.
We were created to know God and to commune with Him. We were created by Him and for Him. As followers of Christ we are a chosen people. Scripture describes us as a royal priesthood, a holy nation and God’s special possession. We were created for His purpose. This means that our lives are not our own. However, it’s a wonderful thing to belong to God. For God cares for us. He is a father, a brother and a friend. He’s also a teacher, comforter and counselor. We can seek refuge in Him and there is fullness of Joy in Him.
When we live according to our own desires we essentially become our own god. We are against God and His nature. Nevertheless, out of his great love He made a way to reconcile us to Himself through Jesus Christ. This offer (or invite) is made to every nation of the world. (John 3:16)
Following Jesus will satisfy a thirsty soul and refreshes a weary heart. Whereas, living for the desires of the flesh will leave us with an empty cup: always thirsting for more of a drink that can never satisfy the soul.
Worldly Passion vs. Godly Passion
The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other.
Not Feeling It?
“Take delight in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart.” ❤–Psalm 37:4