“And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit” (Ephesians:5:18).
“The teaching of the New Testament presents the passion of life. Stoicism has come so much into the idea of the Christian life that we imagine the stoic is the best type of Christian; but just where stoicism seems most like Christianity it is the most adverse. A stoic overcomes the world by passionlessness, by eviscerating all personal interest out of life until he is a mere submissive recording machine. Christianity overcomes the world by passion, not by passionlessness.
“Passion is usually taken to mean something from which human nature suffers; in reality it stands for endurance and high enthusiasm, a radiant intensity of life, life at the highest pitch all the time without any reaction. That is what Paul means by being filled.”
Oswald Chambers, “The Complete Works of Oswald Chambers,” Discovery House Publishers 2000, p. 1045