Greetings in Jesus’ name,
In Mark 12:30, Jesus was quoting from Deuteronomy 6:5 the first commandment God gave to Moses (that he recorded on tablets of stone),
“And thou shalt (must) love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.”
The question of the day is this, “What does it mean to love God with all thy heart, with all thy soul, with all thy mind and with all thy strength?” Let me give a simple definition: It is obvious that the word “all” means – all-inclusive, wholly, completely and totally; and the word “thy” (or your) includes everyone without exception. So let’s look at the other four words. Briefly speaking the definitions are:
- Heart – affections, emotions, passions and compassions
- Soul – motivations, will and temperament
- Mind – understanding, reasoning, imagination and invention
- Strength – power to perform and control, ability to apply and arrange, capabilities and occupations.
No matter what the definition, all four cover the whole person and their whole life, leaving no area to be free to do their own thing. When the commandment said, “You must” love God this way, it was also saying you must love God this way in order to receive His total, complete and entire supply and resources of Divine blessings.
The obverse side of law is grace. All the law hinges on the principles of the first two commandments Jesus quoted in Mark 12:30-31. Law is given , not to punish, but to guide; it draws a line so that so that we can know where our rights stop and other people’s rights begin. Any law that shows privilege or respect to one party at the expense of all parties is and unjust law. God’s laws applied to everyone equally and by these laws everyone is judged.
Jesus introduced the love of God in a different manner than which the world was familiar. The Word says, “Don’t love as the world loves” but love with a Godly love. God’s love is all-inclusive and unconditional. This doesn’t mean there aren’t any boundaries or rules, or that God changes with the times, but it does mean the God loves all with the same all-inclusive package of resources the He possesses within Himself. This is God’s Grace manifested.
I am a seed planter, My intentions is not to ram Christianity down anyone’s throat, but my desire is to share the Word of God. The Word of God says in John 3:16, God loved the created world so much that He sent a Messiah to redeem it, sanctify it, and restore it to a right position in His eyes. All he asked in return was for us to love Him and prove that love by loving others.
The Word of God challenges un to measure up the demands of its principles. In John 13:34 Jesus said, “As I have loved you, love ye one another.” I believe He was speaking from His incarnate position. That is, His human form. He gave His life for service as well as for sacrifice. He taught and lead them into truths of God’s will through word and deed. He presented the true meaning of life both now and eternal.
One of the best examples for love is recorded in Luke 6:27:31 and I’ll let the scripture speak for itself,
“But I say unto you which hear, love your enemies, do good to them which hate you, bless them that curse you, and pray for them which despitefully use you. And unto him that smiteth thee on the one cheek offer also the other; and him that taketh away thy cloke, forbid not to take thy coat also. Give to every man that asketh of thee; and of him that taketh away thy goods ask them not again. And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise.” Jesus said that!
From the seed planter, God bless.
Your friend in Christ,
Originally published in the One Small Seed newsletter issue #132.