I hear the excuse of passion often. Someone says something outrageous and their defenders say:
You can’t blame a person for being passionate.
Sure, but you have to love their passion.
Yes, but that was the passion talking.
To which I would answer:
Yes I can.
No I don’t.
Tell the passion to pipe down.
Here’s the problem with letting passion rule one’s words: it eventually rules one’s actions as well, and at times with disastrous results.
“From … passionate intensity emerges the totalitarian impulse. By their very nature, passions are deaf to reason and blind to limits or distinctions.” Elijah Mvundura.
There is a better way. It does not deny passion but it does call for sober control of all you are.
- Your hopes:
Therefore, with minds that are alert and fully sober, set your hope on the grace to be brought to you when Jesus Christ is revealed at his coming. As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance.(1 Peter 1:13-14.)
- The way you love others:
The end of all things is near. Therefore be alert and of sober mind so that you may pray. Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. (1 Peter 4:7-8.)
- Even your very faith in times of trouble:
Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings. (1 Peter 5:8-9.)
God has given you the mind of Christ. (1 Corinthians 2:16.) This includes being of sober judgment in addition to the ability to experience passions. Jesus sure did, and deeply. (Luke 22:44.) Your passions are a part of you, but don’t let them rule you or become an excuse for ill-advised words or actions.
Exercise your mind to glorify God, whether with your passions or otherwise.