Intense infers a strong focus or passionate zeal, a heightened degree of effort, or extreme experience and involvement of pouring heart and soul into a venture -- not a causal, passive ‘if it happens, it happens’ approach. Jesus’ prayer in the garden was so intense His sweat was like drops of blood falling to the ground (Lk 22:42-44). Before his

Can my love for the Lord be termed intense?

conversion Paul was intensely persecuting the church of God, determined to destroy it (Gal 1:13). Afterwards he was the most influential advocate for Christianity, redirecting his passion that had been against the cause of Christ to it. He said, motivated by his intense longing to see the believers, he made numerous attempts to visit them but was prevented (1 Thes 2:17,18).

See also: focus, motive/motivation, passion.