‘Passion’ is a 12th Century French word that comes from the Latin word ‘passionem’ which means ‘suffer’.  The ‘Passion of Christ’ is literally ‘the suffering of Christ’.  Today we use the word to speak about extreme desires like ‘passionate love’ or ‘my passion in life’.  Ironically the passion of Christ fuelled the passion of Christ – Christ endured suffering because He loved God and us.

The passion of Christ must be our passion too (for indeed it is).  The apostle Peter understood this and spoke extensively about it in his first letter.  Peter teaches that when we suffer for our faith we are in a position of privilege not punishment.

if you endure when you do right and suffer for it, you have God’s approval. 21 For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you should follow in his steps. (1 Peter 2)

14 But even if you do suffer for doing what is right, you are blessed(1 Peter 3)

He also reminds us that suffering is temporary but the glory that God gives is eternal.

10 after you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, support, strengthen, and establish you.     (1 Peter 5)

The best way to be passionate for Christ is to understand the passion of Christ.  Why not read and reflect on the book of 1 Peter and see what you learn.  Even better, why not do something overtly Christian and see where Christ takes you?

Denis Oliver