But passion can be bad!
When someone allows their passion to lead them down a path of narcissistic behavior, passion can do more than harm the person - it can destroy others.
Disciplined passion allows God to stay in charge of our priorities and our ethics. Our spiritual life is built upon a foundation that inherently places God as the one controlling. When passion is undisciplined, sin abounds and ethics become a tangled mess of contradictions.
It is wise for each of us to step back from our passion and examine our behavior in light of God's Word. If we are not building up, we are not serving the Lord. If even in tough love for another christian, destructive behavior and rants of rage labeled as passion are more commonly found, we should immediately know we are missing our calling.
This modern age of arrogance and simultaneous ignorance is dangerous.
And when passion is combined with a motive of "at all cost" - our danger zone actually becomes our own deep pit. To think that we as humans can do the work of God while violating the Word of God is absurd. But this is exactly where uncontrolled and undisciplined passion lead.
I love the verse that God brings to my mind in moments when my passion begins to run a muck:
"Be still and know that I am God!" Psalm 46:10
And when lay Christians along with Pastors begin to think that they are more than God says they are, passion will blindly lead us into performing the works of Satan instead of the work of God.
It is a dangerous game some are playing these days! A game that we are not called to nor are we to engage.
Instead of "at all cost" we should be living in the reality of being still and knowing that God has not forfeited His role nor judgement to us. God is God and only God knows and sees all - even the deep things of the heart! No man can see in another all that God sees.
I can think of a few people who might benefit from being still and knowing that God is God. Their passion is blindly leading them down the path of contradiction. Their "at all cost" is going to cost them indeed!
It is a dangerous game!