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Synopsis of Are We Loving God with Our Whole Being
Good and joyful day today to all Christian brothers and sisters on this the day the Lord has made. Pull up a chair, pour yourself a cup of coffee, or tea, or milk, or whatever is your favorite, we’re about to slice a piece of the Bread of Life, the Word of God. And today’s slice comes from: Deuteronomy 6:5 5 And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might. 6 And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart:
And now for a second slice of bread of life: Matthew 22:37 Jesus replied, ” ‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 All the other commandments and all the demands of the prophets are based on these two commandments.”
When you add up heart, soul, mind, and strength, what do you have? Is it not the total person, your whole self? It is not “all” of a part of us, but “all,” of the “all” person! But that is a tough assignment. If so how? Let’s take a look
All Your Heart Do we love God too much if we love him “with all our hearts”? It is essential that we love him with our hearts, because love and heart are almost synonymous. To love with the heart means, having warmth and feeling. It is the warm touch, the strong hug, and the tender kiss.
Do we express this kind of love in our churches? Are we too formal and dignified to express our feelings? Isn’t the church a fellowship of lovers, lovers of God and neighbor? One of the chief complaints of visitors is that the church is cold and unfriendly. After a church service, a member asked a visitor, “Are you a stranger here?” She replied, “I have been a stranger here for the past four years!”
To love God with all our hearts calls for total commitment and dedication.
After the Resurrection we read: John 21:15 After breakfast Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?” ………. Peter was grieved that Jesus asked the question a third time. He said, “Lord, you know everything. You know I love you.” Jesus said, “Then feed my sheep.”d:
This is what Matthew Henry’s Commentary has to say about that verse:
He now answered, Thou knowest that I love thee; but without professing to love Jesus more than
All Your Soul Is it too much to love God “with all your soul” as the text says? Isn’t it just enough to love God with all our hearts? “What is a soul?” If we do not know what a soul is, how can we love God with it? Like Adam, each of us was created a living spirit who has a soul and lives in a body. The soul is what makes me, me; and makes you, you. As my niece often says, God didn’t make us with cookie cutters.” Our soul includes our mind, our emotions, our upbringing, our education and our capacity to communicate with God. We are basically a spirit with souls, contained in physical bodies.
How does one love God with all the soul? By worshiping him in spirit and truth. Another way to love God with our souls is to hear the Word.
So, to love God with our soul in addition to listening to the Word is to study the Word. Studying is interrupting your reading to ask yourself questions about what you read and search out the answers. Like, in what context or situation was this statement made; and to whom was it directed. To do this you might also use Bible Dictionaries, Concordances, Synonym Finders, or plain old dictionaries.
All Your Might According to Moses and Jesus, perfect love includes “might” or “strength.” We are to love God with all our emotional, spiritual, mental and physical strength. This calls for energy spent in the service of God.
Strength is needed to serve God in both church and the world. Work is indispensable to success. It is said that genius is the result of an infinite capacity to work. Recently Irving Berlin died shortly after his 100th birthday. He wrote words and music for 1500 popular songs including “God Bless America” and “White Christmas.” As a child he came to the United States as an immigrant from Russia without a penny. He did not finish grade school and never learned to read music. In an interview he was asked for the secret of his success. He said it was due to “work, work, WORK.”
All Your Spirit Since God is Spirit, we likewise are like Him, spirits. According to Scripture we are made in the image of God. Have you ever seen the image of God? Of course not! God is Spirit and we likewise are like Him, a spirit. Bro Dick, where did you get that from? I’m glad you asked… Genesis 1:26 Then God said, “Let us make people in our image, to be like ourselves. They will be masters over all life – the fish in the sea, the birds in the sky, and all the livestock, wild animals, and small animals.”
But, “in the Spirit” still left me puzzled, until I got to that part of my Bible subtitled: ~You Must Be Born Again.
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