|Posted on May 10, 2012 at 3:30 PM|
I have been talking a lot about love lately. Why? I just really feel like we are way lacking in our society of some LOVE. Yep. We sure are. Been studying a few verses about it too. One of the main ones that keeps popping out at me is Mark 12:28-31. I will type it here for your convenience:
"One of the teachers of the law came and heard them debating. Noticing Jesus had given them a good answer, he asked him, ' Of all the commandments, which one is the most important?' 'The most important one,' answered Jesus, 'is this: 'hear, O Israel, the Lord your God is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.' 'The second is this: 'love your neighbor as yourself.' There is no commandment greater than these.' " (Mark 12:28-31 NIV)
Let's dig into that for a minute, if you will. We can see here four of the most important aspects of our human selves. First, we see "with all our hearts" . Second, we see "with all our soul". Next, we see "with all our minds". And, finally we read "with all our strength". This tells me that LOVE is to be the most overflowing part of our ENTIRE being. Our heart, soul, mind and strength.
Which one is hardest for you? Let's dig even deeper.
Loving Him with "all our heart" entails making HIM the object of all our desires and goals and worship and motives and anything else you can think of. Every part of our lives needs to be centered on HIM and HIM alone.
Loving Him with "all our soul" means that everything within us must be God-honoring. Our souls are the epitome of who we are through and through. It is our very core and our very center of being. It is the seed of our apple. It is the meat of our sandwich. It's the "who" of our "do".
Loving Him with "all our minds" means that every thought we have should be focused on Him and His purposes for our lives. We control our thoughts, We can either let them go off on a tangent or we can give each one of them purpose and direction that lines up with God's will. Our thoughts are not based on emotion (that is if we are growing spiritually). And, when we realize that our thoughts are becoming based on emotion, that is when we get out God's Word, read it, and get them back on track.
Loving Him with "all our strength" leads us to put all our energy and work into doing what is right, not just what we "feel" like doing. I'll tell ya right now, if I did only what I felt like doing, most days, I wouldn't even get out of the bed. Loving Him with all our strength also means that we keep on keepin' on even when things get tough. It means knowing that our strength does not come from within ourselves, but from Him.
So, with having given you that information, I ask you again, which is hardest for you?
Mine is loving Him with all my strength. With my health issues, my strength is little, let me tell ya. But, that is the key right there...MY strength is little. His is not. His is BIG and I am forever having to remind myself of that. He has things for me to do and His strength enables me to do them.
So...ponder this for awhile. The next time we meet, we will talk about the second greatest commandment: loving our neighbor as ourselves.
Somewhere in there, we also need to talk about loving ourselves. Cause, if we don't love ourselves, we certainly won't be any good at loving anyone else, will we?
So, have a great weekend and do some loving and we will meet up soon.