And He said to him, " 'YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, AND WITH ALL YOUR SOUL, AND WITH ALL YOUR MIND.'Matthew 22:37(NASB)
The Lord was asked a genuine question by one of the Pharisees: "Which is the greatest commandment in the Mosaic Law?" and Jesus answered by quoting 'the Shema': "Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one, Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength," substituting the word 'mind' for the word 'strength'.
Love for God and love for others we are told, is the fulfilment of God's law for we cannot love others until we are in right relationship with our Heavenly Father, but we cannot truly love God unless we truly know Him as our Saviour Whom to know is life eternal.
When a man or woman truly loves the Lord with every part of their being, then that love is true love. It is a love that is birthed in trusting Him and a love that flows in to our hearts and minds from the love of Christ for His own. And from that love will flow a willing service and loving obedience from a heart that loves the Lord with every part of his being.
Let us seek to love and honour the Lord with every part of our being, to love as Christ loved us, to love Him with our heart, our mind, our thoughts, and our motives.
Let our every thought be taken captive to the Lord so that we may remain in sweet fellowship with the God of our salvation, for when the eyes of our heart are fixed on Him in grateful thanks for His work on Calvary's Cross and the redemptive work within our own lives, we who are forgiven much will love much. Indeed, it should be our joy and rejoicing to love the Lord our God with all our heart and with all our soul and with all our strength and mind, for He loved us first.
Loving Father, thank You for loving me when I was dead in my sins and for bringing me into Your family, simply because I trusted the Lord Jesus as Saviour. Lord, I want to love you with every part of my being. May I live as You would choose and love You with all my heart, and soul, and mind, and strength. In Jesus' name I pray, AMEN.