The Greatest Commandment

“And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.”—Mark 12:30

Heart—the very core of who you are.  The Old Testament referred to it as the “bowels.”  If you strip away everything else, who are you, and why do you exist?  Do you live only to love God?

Soul—your emotions, the part of you that moves.  When you love Him, God takes you to the highest heights of emotion and sustains you through the lowest, most devastating trials.  Do your feelings and attitudes reflect His glory?  Do you let only Him move your spirit?

Mind—your thoughts.  We have an organ called the brain; we should use it for the love of God.  We can create logical arguments, deductions and theology.  We can read and write poems, stories and songs.  We can learn about Him.  Do you think of God using every neuron available?

Strength—your will and physical effort.  Every action should be done purposefully and with great discipline.   For what does God deserve but all of our strength?  Do you set in your heart that every movement of your body is wholly for Him?

In my weakness, I know I am nowhere close to loving God with all as the commandment rightly dictates.  I thank Jesus for taking my sin on the cross and giving me the grace to live unto Him each day.  What a privilege it is to be loved by God!

“Who is like you, O LORD, among the gods?
Who is like you, majestic in holiness,
awesome in glorious deeds, doing wonders?”—Exodus 15:11


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