all your heart, all your soul, all your mind

I have been pondering the words found in the Great Commandment,

“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.” 

I have known these words, spoken these words and read these words, spoken by Jesus in response to the Pharisee who was trying to tempt Him by asking the question, “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” However, recently I questioned and pondered if I can truly say that my life is reflective of these words.  Do I love the Lord my God with ALL my heart, will ALL my soul and with ALL my mind?  Are we capable of such a love?

I must share these words found in Matthew Henry’s Commentary on the whole bible.

All of the law is fulfilled in one word, and that is LOVE.  Nothing in religion is done right, that is not done there first.  Love is the leading affection which gives law, and gives ground, to the rest and therefore that, as the main fort, is to be first secured for God.  We are a creature cut out of love; thus therefore is the law written in the heart that it is a law of love.  Love is the rest and satisfaction of the soul.

The love of God is the first and great commandment of all.  God being good infinitely, originally, and eternally, is to be loved in the first place, and nothing loved beside him, but what is loved for him.  Love is the first and great thing that God demands from us, and therefore the first and great thing that we should devote to him.

Jesus says, “love the Lord YOUR God”.  So how can we love “OUR” God as ours.  The first commandment is, You shall have no other gods before me. Loving the Lord YOUR God requires that we have HIM for our GOD and that we have no others gods in our lives.

Matthew Henry goes on to say, To love God as ours is to love him because he is ours, with obedience to him, and dependency on him.  We must love God as reconciled to us, and made ours by covenant; that is the foundation of this, Thy God.

Have you pondered this thought that God is OURS?

So if God is OURS, how do we LOVE Him with all our heart and with all our soul and with all our mind?  We must understand how we love with each of these parts of us; heart, soul and mind.  Matthew Henry compares the Heart to the will or the vital, the soul to affections or sensitive, and the mind to understanding or intellectual.

He goes on to say, Our love of God must be sincere love, and not in word and tongue only, as theirs is who say they love him, but their hearts are not with him.  It must be a strong love, we must love him in the most intense degree; as we must praise him, so we must love him, with all that is within us.  Is must be a singular and superlative love, we must love him more than anything else; this way the stream of our affections must entirely run.  The heart must be united to love God, in opposition to a divided heart.  All our love is too little to bestow upon him, and therefore all the powers of the soul must engaged for him, and carried toward him.  This is the first and greatest commandment; for obedience to this is the spring of obedience to all the rest; which is then only acceptable, when it flows from love.

We must stop on our journey with the Lord and ponder this verse and examine our heart, soul and mind.  We must understand this commandment not only intellectually but also with our will and affections.  We cannot be effective in our walk with God if we are not being effective at obeying and living out this commandment and loving God the way he calls us to.  We are created in the image of  God and man’s chief end is to glorify God and to enjoy him forever.

Our journey with him must be about striving to perfect loving him with all our heart and with all our soul and with all our mind.

I desire and crave to love God this way.  I have had to stop in my journey to ponder and pray about what keeps me from doing this.  I am excited to share more of my journey with you in what God is doing in my life to allow me to accomplish this.

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