For our mid-week meditations this week, I am sharing a post I wrote for our church’s daily devotions, looking at how we are to love the Lord .
Heart; Soul; Mind,
When Jesus was asked which was the greatest commandment, He said:
Jesus declared, “ Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ [Matthew 22:37]
In other words, we are to love God entirely, with our whole beings. Any following after God, any obedience, any act of being a disciple should stem from our love for God. And how are we to love?
HEART = inward self where feelings & emotions occur
To love the Lord with our hearts means that He has our devotion, our hearts are given over to Him. Love for God is our leading affection, He is our highest affection, our hearts are open and sensitive to Him, He has our heart and we respond to Him in love.
SOUL = the entire inner person.
This is our beings, our wills. This is where we choose to love and obey, for sometimes it is a choice, whose voice are we going to follow today. Perhaps we are not ‘feeling it’, perhaps our emotional love for God has gone cold, but we can choose to love, choose where we place our devotion, choose to follow, choose to obey.
MIND – The inward part of us where thinking occurs.
Our understanding, our intellect, to know Him is to love Him. We are not just to love, tossed about by our every feeling and emotion, but we are to love God with our minds, with our intellect, coming to know and understand who He is and what He has done for us. Our response then is to bow, love and worship.
So how are we to love God today? Entirely.
HEART. SOUL. MIND