We want to grow in love and passion for God as we pursue a relationship with Him, yet so often we make things far too complicated. Read about and put to action these three simple ways to help grow your passion for Jesus Christ. We want to know how God truly feels about us and what Jesus has done for us, and then take time to be with this One who so loves us.
1. Knowing what God thinks and feels about us ignites our passion for God.
I believe that one of the primary keys for growing in passion for Jesus is knowing how He thinks and feels about us. Many of us have believed things about God that are simply not truth.
When we think of God as a distant dictator waiting to strike us down or believe the lie that He is always angry, we will not even want to spend time with Him. Our feelings of guilt and condemnation will cause us to avoid spending time with Him, or we will always find ourselves trying to “perform” well enough to earn His love.
I once fit this description; I knew God loved me, but it wasn’t getting from my head to my heart. By meditating on the truth of how God enjoys us and experiencing heart healing through His Spirit, I began the journey of truly knowing His heart toward me. You can too.
Know this: The truth is that God loves us and He is not mad or disappointed with us. He gave His Son because He loved all, even before we repented of our sin. He does not condemn us (that’s what the devil does). Father God longs for us to come closer to His heart and experience His love.The Lord does not base His love for us on how perfect we are. God definitely desires for us to grow in love and holiness, yet He knows that this will not happen by force but instead through our knowing His love for us and how He feels about us. Jesus says that if we love Him, we will obey Him, and that we love Him because He first loved us (John 14:15; 1 John 4:19).
Our obedience is not sustainable because we fear the consequences of disobedience, but because we desire to love God with the very love with which He first showed us.
When we know what Jesus thinks and feels about us individually, it ignites within our hearts a desire to grow in passion for Him. God loves us with His all, and no matter what we do or do not do, this will never change.
2. Knowing what Jesus has done for us solidifies our passion for Him.
As we come to believe the truth that Father God loves us and sees us as His adopted children, we will truly see the intensity of His love as it was displayed for us through the death of His Son Jesus on the Cross.
Jesus’ sacrifice was not made to guilt us into obedience, but to draw us into an intimate journey of partnership.
We were the very joy set before Jesus when He gave His life to restore us to an unhindered relationship with God (Hebrews 12:2). When we experience a heightened revelation of His love for us–the very depth, height, width, and length He went for love–we, too, will grow in passionate love for Him.
There is so much more to Jesus-depths of His life and character we have yet to fully grasp within the depths of our hearts. As we actively pursue an intimate relationship with God, we are guaranteed to increase in passion for Him.
Knowing the love Jesus had for us when He paid the ultimate cost to save us, set us free, and bring us into relationship with His Father solidifies our passion for Him.
Knowing the truth of His love ends every lie that says He does not love us, for He truly paid it all out of His immeasurable love for us.
3. Spending time with Jesus fuels our passion for God.
An important aspect of growing in passion for Jesus is by daily spending time with Him and His Word. This involves distraction-free alone time with God during which we can encounter Jesus as a Person and grow in knowing Him, His heart, and His Word.
Whatever we think about the most, we begin to reflect outwardly. As we take the time, we will increasingly know Jesus as He truly is. We will encounter this God who is passionately in love with us, becoming saturated in His love.
In such an environment, we cannot help but increase in love for Him. Our wrestle with sin will become less prominent as we seek Him day after day. Often our struggle with sin is greater simply because we need a more tangible revelation of His love for us in the first place (1 John 4:8).
“And we all, with unveiled face, continually seeing as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are progressively being transformed into His image from [one degree of] glory to [even more] glory, which comes from the Lord, [who is] the Spirit.“ 2 Corinthians 3:18 (AMP 2015)
We come to know how Christ feels about us and the truth of His Word not by merely reading or knowing it, but by experiencing these truths personally. His Word the love letter, His Spirit our escort, the light of His truth transforms our hearts as we behold Jesus–our Savior, Lord, and Bridegroom, who laid down His life for us. This is an ongoing process that continually fuels the fire of His love in our hearts.
No one else loves us like God does, this is certain! May we each grow in knowing how God feels about us, that we also increasingly grow in passion for Him.
“Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God…” 1 John 3:1 (NKJV)