“Listen, O Israel! The Lord our God is the one and only Lord. And you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength.” Mark 12:29–30
Loving the Lord with our heart, soul and mind is an instruction clearly spelt out in the Bible. Jesus also emphasized it and taught his followers. However, our duty to love the Lord must not come from a need to fulfill a commandment. Rather, it must come from a genuine appreciation of the wonderful work of salvation that he has done in our lives. Where would we have been if God had not sent his Son to save us from our many sins? What would we have become?
Now, putting this godly command into perspective, we can naturally divide it into four. The first one is loving the Lord with our heart.
“Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be. Matthew 6:21”
Loving the Lord with our heart means we must regard him as our greatest treasure and reward. Whatever we think about so much can be likened to what has captured our heart at that particular time. When we make the Lord our treasure, we begin to fill our hearts with thoughts of how good he his, how powerful and merciful he has been. These thoughts are the proof of our love to God. When we do this also, sinful thoughts won’t have a place to roam in our hearts, our lives become transformed and we become more like Jesus as we fill our thoughts with goodness.
Secondly, loving the Lord with our soul means loving him with who we are, and what we are capable of doing. The soul is what connects and binds our will. It determines what we do and gives a nudging to the mind as to what step to take next. Loving the Lord with our soul means releasing our will to him and allowing him to have the final say in all that concerns us. Loving the Lord with our soul is declaring like Jesus in Luke 22:42b (KJV) “………. nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done.”
In the same vein, loving God with our mind means loving God with our intellect and with our reasoning. The mind is the seat of desires, feelings and emotions that course through our body. Loving God with your mind will help you surrender your desires to the ultimate work of Jesus. It will encourage you to express your emotions and feelings for the glory of God. See what Ephesians 4:23 says;
“AMP:And be constantly renewed in the spirit of your mind [having a fresh mental and spiritual attitude],”
It is only when you love God that you would become humble enough to shun those ungodly ways of responding to challenges and this love will teach you to embrace a fresh mental and spiritual attitude.
Lastly, we must love God with all of our strength. A Bible verse that properly explains this commandment of love is Ecclesiastes 12:1 (KJV) which says,
“Remember now thy Creator in the days of thy youth, while the evil days come not, nor the years draw nigh, when thou shalt say, I have no pleasure in them;”
The time of youth in a man’s life is a time of physical strength and God is telling us to remember him, love him when we have the strength. We should use our strength for his glory as it is a proof of our love for him. Don’t miss that call for youth evangelism, don’t scorn the call to come and serve in the Lord’s vineyard.
This is the time of your strength, love God with it. Let’s be Christians who would love our creator with all our lives and with everything we have.
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