Week 10: Love God with everything
Matthew 22:37-38 “Jesus replied, ‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment.’” (NLT)
To love God with all of your heart is to love Him with your inward affections and emotions. God created us with a heart to love Him wholly and absolutely. He created us for the purpose of a deep, intimate relationship with Him. Daily, our heart is drawn to many other things besides God, like our jobs, our spouse, our children, our cell phones, and homes. Revelation 2:4 says, “But I have this complaint against you. You don’t love me or each other as you did at first!” Are there things in your life that have been put above God? In what way can you love God more, with all your heart?
To love God, with all your soul, is to love Him with your consciousness and will. The soul is the part of us that defines who we are. The essence of the biblical definition of the soul means life, personality, the inner ‘self’ and identity. It is where we make our decisions and choices, the part of us which ultimately decides our lifestyle and behaviour. Loving God, and obeying His word, is a daily choice that we make. Psalm 103:1 says, “Bless the Lord, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless His holy name.” Today, choose to bless the holy name of the Lord, with all your soul!
To love God, with all your mind, is to love Him with your intellect and thoughts. The best way to do this is to consciously renew your mind by reading the Word of God. Fill your mind with things that inspire you to love God and not things that take you away from Him. What we do with our mind affects our ability to receive and express love. Psalm 119:30 says: “I have chosen to be faithful; I have determined to live by your regulations.” What are some ways you can love God with all your mind today?
When Jesus gave the command to love God with all our heart, soul, and mind – it was a command to love God with everything that we are, today, and forevermore! Let us commit ourselves to go deeper with God like we never have before!
Image: Pexels/Jackson David