does the phrase "fervent love" smack any one else around but me?
the definition of fervent (greek): stretched out, intent, earnest, assiduous
the definition of fervent (english): having or showing great warmth or intensity of spirit, feeling, enthusiasm, etc.
-hot; burning; glowing.
what about the word "assiduous" up there-
english definition: constant, unremitting, working diligently at a task, persevering, industrious, attentive.
have i ever loved anything like that...other than myself?
these definitions kick my butt, though not on their own necessarily. i am shamed and challenged when these definitions are combined with thoughts of the people i know who love others FERVENTLY. these people that i think of may not even know how fervent their love is- but they are obsessed with it- intent on it- wondering always how the broken masses of flesh around them can be bettered- unburdened- cared for like gods.
when i was talking to ian about this, he brought up 2 peter 3:10, 12 where peter says that as the world ends, the very elements will "melt with a fervent heat." when i think of how busy the heat will be reducing all we know into ashes, i realize i have a long way to go if i want to love people like that- like jesus did.
fervent heat is what it will take to melt the world, both in its substance and its cold, awkward loneliness toward God. the earth will burn like the star it is- may our love do the same. may the space filled with struggle between each other as brothers and sisters, melt and recede until we forget the "multitude of sins" that we kept there.