“As he approached Jerusalem and saw the city, he wept over it.”
Luke 19:41 NIV
True love wells up passion in your heart that’s impossible to keep inside. Passion bubbles up and spills out! It’s the force inside that compels people to greatness despite adversity; an emotion that propels us. Passion is aroused from either a great love or hatred. One motivator brings about increased love, while the other produces hurt. Passion motivated by hatred caused Romeo and Juliet’s parents to try and break up their love, while passion motivated by love made the couple willing to die for each other.
During Passion Week, Jesus was heartbroken over how the people of Jerusalem were rejecting the God who was doing everything to reach them and show them His love. The most religious of cities, yet their lack of faith in God brought Jesus to tears. Jesus passionately loved the lost people of Jerusalem even though they rejected Him. Like Romeo and Juliet, He was willing to die for the sake of love. This love caused Jesus to passionately pursue God’s plan for His life. Nothing and no one could stop Him from fulfilling His mission to restore us to right relationship with the father.
When I read how Jesus lived and loved, I want to follow suit. I don’t want to live my life with a ‘get by’ mentality. I want to live with passion and reach the world with the love of Christ! I want to see each day as an opportunity for adventure and ‘seize the day’! This Easter, let the passion of Christ renew your passion to love and serve Him more!
Father…I cannot thank You enough for sending your son. Jesus I thank You for the way You lived Your life with passion because of Your love for me. That thought is overwhelming. I don’t deserve your love, but I’m grateful for it! Help me to passionately pursue the life You have planned out for me so others can know the depths of Your love. In Jesus Name…Amen.
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