Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living
Jesus replied: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.”
(Matthew 22:37 (NIV))
Are you capable of giving of yourself so thoroughly and so completely as Jesus described in this passage?
Think about that for a moment!
Can you love the Lord with all of your heart? This implies that there is not room for any other love in your heart.
Can you love the Lord with all of your soul? This implies that you are completely devoted to the Lord.
Can you love the Lord with all of your mind? This implies that you think of nothing else.
I don’t know about you, but this sounds pretty tough. It sounds extremely difficult, and it sounds impossible.
Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”
(Matthew 19:26 (NIV))
Let’s take a look at these three aspects of how we are to love the Lord with a fresh persepctive, with God’s persective.
It is possible to love the Lord with all of your heart and still have room to love others. When you love the Lord with all of your heart, you begin to see the world through His eyes and with His heart. You then learn to love others with the same love that the Lord loves them.
It is possible to love the Lord with all of your soul with a devotion to the Lord that overflows to those who are around you. They will see the joy and you will see the love and devotion that the Lord has for them.
And, yes, it is possible to love the Lord with all of your mind. Because you focus on loving the Lord and His Word, you begin to live what you love.
Blessed is the one
who does not walk in step with the wicked
or stand in the way that sinners take
or sit in the company of mockers,
but whose delight is in the law of the Lord,
and who meditates on his law day and night.
(Psalms 1:1-2 (NIV))
You walk in His Word. You study. You sit quietly in His presence. As you learn to love the Lord with all of your mind, you learn to love His creation because He loves His creation. You learn to find solice in His word.
In all honesty, loving the Lord is an all consuming endeavor, but as you grow in your love for the Lord, your ability to reflect that love to others grows as well. We are told to love the Lord, but Jesus took this one step further and told us to love each other as we love ourselves.
And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’
(Matthew 22:39 (NIV))
Are we truly capable of loving God in this manner?
Copyright 1998 – 2018 Dennis J. Smock
Daily Living Ministries, Inc.
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