Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. Deuteronomy 6:5
After God had given Moses the ten commandments, Moses told the people to love the LORD their God. They were to do this with all of their heart, soul and strength. Several thousand years later, Jesus called this the greatest commandment.
It is easy for a person to say that he loves someone. People fall into and out of love with others all the time. People go around changing who they love and want to date all the time. Marriages fall apart because one of the spouses falls out of love with the other. Many also say that they love God.
However, loving with all of the heart, soul and strength takes it to a different level.
Loving God with all of your heart is placing God above everything and everyone else in this world. It is being willing to do whatever He says all the time. A divided heart ends up falling apart. You cannot love two different things with the same level of love.
Loving God with all of your soul is putting God above your own self. It is easy to put your own personal needs and desires before God’s desires. If you realize how much God loves you and wants only the best for you, then you will love Him above yourself because you know He desires the best for you. You will be willing to lay down your life for God.
Loving God with all of your strength is giving everything you have to love, obey and serve God. This is spending time with God, telling others about Jesus, serving others, and building others up. You will be willing to expend all your time, strength and energy to meet all of these needs. You will trust God will renew your strength.
How well do you really love God today?
Do you just love God?
Or do your really LOVE God with all of your heart, soul and strength?
I pray today that you will know God’s love for you; that you will learn to love God with all of your heart, soul and strength; that you will rely on God’s strength to keep you going; and that you will live in God’s love and strength.