Last week we talked about the passage of Mark 12:28, when one of the religious leaders tried to befuddle Jesus with the question, “Of all the commandments, which is the most important?”
He was trying to trip Jesus up and hoping to catch Him not quoting the law. Jesus replied that it was to love the Lord with all your heart, mind, soul, and strength, and to love your neighbor as yourself.
I know that none of us have done this perfectly. Yet I am reminded that even if we fail there is always the encouragement to continually move forward in our journey of faith. As mentioned in the last post, my question now is this: What are some ways we can strive to love the Lord with our whole being? While some of these may overlap, and certainly are not comprehensive, I have thought of just a few.
To love the Lord with our whole heart is to:
- Reflect upon His love for us (Psalm 136:26)
- Set our affections upon Him in gratitude (Psalm 1:9)
- Incorporate praise & worship into our daily lives (1 Chronicles 16:23)
To love the Lord with our whole soul is to:
- Live for eternal purpose, knowing our time on earth is short (Psalm 90:12)
- Surrender our spirit and will to the Holy Spirit on a daily basis (Galatians 2:20)
- Never fear the life to come (John 11:25-26)
To love the Lord with our whole mind is to:
- Give the effort and time to studying and memorizing his word (Joshua 1:8)
- Guard our minds from worldly influence (Romans 12:2)
- Apply biblical wisdom to circumstances in our lives (Phillipians 4:9)
To love the Lord with our whole strength is to:
- Give the Lord the time we are strongest: physically, mentally, emotionally (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18)
- Go to the Lord even when we are at our weakest: physically, mentally, emotionally (James 1:12)
- Obey even when obiediance is the hardest (Luke 9:23)
Can you think of any more?
“Bless the Lord, O my Soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy Name” (Psalm 103:1)