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Do you sense a kind of malaise among Christ-followers?

What has happened to zeal? Passion? Being on fire? Fervency? Intensity? Wholeheartedness? Risk-taking?

Deut 6 states, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.”

I agree with Ray Ortlund:

Through the years, whenever I’ve seen people who showed a capacity for intensity and passion and wholeheartedness, I’ve been drawn to them. And I am repelled by listlessness, especially my own…. Moderate love is a sin. Maybe the worst sin.

St. Augustine said it well, “Give me a man in love. He knows what I mean.”

O Jesus, renew my zeal. I want to burn – fervent in spirit, serving you. Renew the first love for you.

O make me Thine forever, and should I fainting be,
Lord, let me never, never outlive my love to Thee.


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