Thoughts on passion and compassion on Easter

Today is Easter so it seems appropriate to write on the subject of passion. Passion is a profound word  interpreted with different meanings. The one that resonates best with me is "a willingness to suffer for what you love.". Passion is the fire that burns deep within the human heart. Its that thing that evokes strong and nearly uncontrollable emotions. The more you love it the more  you are willing to endure what it takes to have it.  When passion and purpose align grit is cultivated. Grit is the moral fiber of one who is hungry  Humans that display grit are  ones that persevere when most quit. Their the ones who want it just a little more and are fully determined not to quit until they have it.

 

​ We are united through our humanity by  our differences. As I learn more of the many religions of the world. I notice that they are not only different but also the same. In fact they have more similarity's than differences. If you entertain the perspective that your neighbor is made up of the same humanity that you are made up of. That illuminates the insight  that others are more like you than different. When the bible verse" love  your neighbor as your self " is understood literally. It means our neighbor is just another version of our self in a different form. That would make bible verses like "do unto others as you would have done unto you" and "love your enemy" and "forgive those who sin against you" more logical wouldn't it. It seems we are all connected by a higher power. Like candles to the sun. We are united in the bond of love.

 

 Matthew 22 vs 37,39  says “ Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul. Love him with all your mind”. This is the first and most important commandment. the second is LIKE it “love your neighbor as you love yourself”. This verse speaks to me in this context. God is saying it takes an inferno of passion to realize unconditional self love.  It takes unconditional self love to end self suffering.  Only that love burns with enough passion for compassion.

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