Grace also teaches us to say no to worldly passions, the ordinate desire for and preoccupation with the things of this life, such as progressions, prestige, pleasure or power. Worldly passion is the opposite of the attitude Paul urged on us when he wrote, “Those who use the things of the world [should live] as if not engrossed in them. For this world in its present form is passing away” (I Corinthians 7:31).
– Bridges, Jerry; The Disciplined of Grace:God’s Role and Our Role in the Pursuit of Holiness; NavPress; Colorado Springs; copyright 1994; p. 83
Together, in both our eternity and every step along the way can be filled with hope, joy, purpose and passion, if we see the relationship between the cross and Pentecost.
– Driscoll, Mark and Gary Breshears, Vintage Church: Timeless Truths and Timely Methods, Crossway Books, Wheaton, IL, 2008, p. 25
You can’t teach people to be passionate any more than you can teach them how to fall in love. But when a leader reveals passion, others catch it. That is why the ability to speak effectively remains one of the greatest assets of leadership, and why passionate leaders enjoy such success.
– Haggai, Dr. John E, The Influential Leader: 12 Steps to Igniting Visionary Decision Making, copyright 2009, Harvest House Publishers: Eugene, Oregon, page 129