Thou shalt love the Lord how much?

“Love the Lord your God with some of your heart and with a little of your soul and with a bit of your strength and with most of your mind.” Luke 10:27.

Is that what Jesus said was the greatest commandment? To love God with some of your heart? A little of your soul? A bit of your strength? With most of your mind?

NO! In my Bible that commandment reads,greatest commendment

“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind.” Luke 10:27

Jesus called it the greatest commandment. It was the most important. Not one command of his was greater.  And it is a commandment, not a suggestion. Jesus was telling us that we are to love God wholeheartedly. With every particle of heart and soul and strength and mind we have.

This question came up in our Experiencing God bible study this week: How much do you genuinely and truthfully love God? (I could have gone the whole Bible study without having to confront that question, let alone truthfully answer it.)

If I love God with all my heart, does that leave room for loving my wife and children and granddaughters? Do I love God with all my heart all the time? Has there ever been a time when I could truthfully say, “I love God with all my heart?”

How about you? How much do you love God? And how often? And to what extent?

See the dilemma I’m having? I’m praying about that verse and my love for God. I hope God will reveal my answer to me.

I’d love to hear your feedback. Can you share with us how you’d respond to the greatest commandment?

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About Steven Sawyer

God blessed me with the gift of writing. Mom told me I wrote paragraphs in second grade when others were learning to write sentences. I spent more than three decades in professional writing gigs. For the past eight years I've combined my passion for writing with my love for the Lord. He and I write a Christ-centered, family-friendly blog to glorify God Monday-thru Friday at https://stevensawyer.wordpress.com/. My wife and I have four grown children and two precious granddaughters we co-parent with their mom. I'm a Galatians 2:20 disciple of Christ seeking to allow Christ to live His life in me, through me, and as me.
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3 Responses to Thou shalt love the Lord how much?

  1. Bella Grace says:

    With all of my heart. Which he has taught me means to deny myself and to love without giving up or quitting. To do everything unto him…for him. He taught me that it doesn’t look the way the world does it. It doesn’t look the way I was taught. I love it. It is so peaceful and has eliminated so much pressure from me and I love it.

  2. Looking Up! says:

    Well, so I suppose the Lord would have me to start over. I had a response have way written out and I guess I hit the wrong button and it all either disappeared or went into your queue waiting for you to approve it. Either way I suppose I will start all over.

    So, a year or so ago the Lord put a series of verses together for me. Since they were a Ah-ha moment for me I haven’t forgotten them since. I have shared them, I have written out notes in my bible next to them and I often pray them back to the Lord hoping He will clean out all that is within my heart that hinders me. Here they are.

    Pro 16:9 KJV
    9  A man’s heart deviseth his way: but the LORD directeth his steps.

    (First, we see that our hearts set out naturally to do what is in our heart. We set out to do it our way. I am sure we are thinking it to be the right way.)

    Jer 17:9-10 KJV
    9  The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?
    10  I the LORD search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings.

    (Our heart, that we see in Proverbs looks for its own way. In Jeremiah we read that our heart is deceitful ABOVE ALL THINGS! Very evil…who can know it? I have often thought of this verse alone. So on this particular morning I had been led to these other verses…first the Proverbs and then the following verses. Then in 10 we see that the Lord searches the heart.)

    Deu 30:6 KJV
    6  And the LORD thy God will circumcise thine heart, and the heart of thy seed, to love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, that thou mayest live.

    (I LOVE THIS…So here we read that the Lord thy God will circumcise our heart. Circumcise is to cut away something. Since we are talking about the heart here and in Jeremiah we see our hearts are full of wickedness that cause US to be deceived even by our own hearts. I pray for God to search my heart and then to circumcise it and to cut away and remove all the wickedness that is within it. Then the WHY is right here too. To LOVE the Lord they God with ALL THINE HEART, and with all thy soul…THAT THOU MAYEST LIVE! Unless God does surgery on our hearts we are bound for destruction. As you stated, we are commanded to love the Lord thy God with all of our hearts, our souls and our minds.)

    WRAP IT UP…with the words of Jesus

    Mat 22:36-38 KJV
    36  Master, which is the great commandment in the law?
    37  Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.
    38  This is the first and great commandment.

    (Hear, Jesus wraps it all up for us again. This confirms yet again that we are to do this. So, on that morning I think the biggest thing for me was the Deuteronomy verse which gives us the how and they why. We see our way is the wrong and the selfish way and will only deceive us if we rely on trusting in our own hearts. We know that God searches our hearts and can change our hearts and can begin a process to clean up our hearts and to remove the things that do not need to be there. SO THAT we can then love the Lord with all of our heart. SO THAT we might live!)

    Hallelujah! Praise the Lord and thank you Jesus!

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