Loving Him With All of Me
Written by Felicia McKnight
Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment.”
Last week we focused on the love that God has for us. He loved us so much that He gave up His one and only son for us on the cross. How do you love someone back who gave up such a great sacrifice for you? Jesus tells us we love God back by loving Him with all of who we are: our heart, our soul, and our mind.
Inside this body of ours lies our soul which is made up of our mind, will, and emotions. This is the part of us where our choices are made and where the sanctification of God in our lives takes place.
Our Mind – What we think.
Our Will – What we choose.
Our Emotions – What we feel.
We have choices in each of these areas in our lives. By loving God with all of us we have to consider some things.
In our mind, are our thoughts pleasing to God?
Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. (Philippians 4:8)
Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. (Romans 12:2)
In our will, are we making choices pleasing to God? Are we demanding our will to be done or are we allowing God’s will to be done in our lives?
“I desire to do your will, my God; your law is within my heart.” (Psalm 40:8)
“Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.” (Luke 22:42)
“By myself I can do nothing; I judge only as I hear, and my judgment is just, for I seek not to please myself but him who sent me.” (John 5:30)
In our emotions, do they line up with the word of God?
“A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.” (Luke 6:45)
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.” (Galatians 5:22-23)
To love God with all of who we are is to give God all of who we are. We have to surrender every part of us to our Heavenly Father. We have to die to ourselves daily. “Then he said to them all: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me.” (Luke 9:23) It is certainly not an easy task to do and is a process to surrender all to God. “Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.” (1 Corinthians 4:16) God still loves us anyway whether we have it all together or not. God gave up so much for our salvation and a relationship with him. In return we can make daily attempts to honor His greatest commandment by loving Him back with all of us. When we can align the way we think, choose, and feel with God, then we are honoring Him, but loving Him with all of us. Be blessed and encouraged.
Heavenly Father, thank you for loving us so much that you gave up your only son. Give us the wisdom and the strength to die to our flesh daily that we may be pleasing to you by fulfilling your greatest commandment to love you back with all of our heart, mind, and soul. In Jesus Name. Amen