With All Your Heart
2nd FEBRUARY 2023
And you shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. Deuteronomy 6:5 AFV
Loving God with all our heart, soul, and might means making Him the centre of our existence. It means having a deep, personal relationship with Him and living out our love for Him through our words and actions. This verse is a command from God to His people to love Him with everything they have. It reminds us that God is to be first in our lives and that we are to love Him above all else.
This command is echoed in Jesus’ words in Matthew 22:37, which reinforces the importance of loving God with everything we have. He reminds us that our love for God should be not just with our hearts, but also with our minds. This means that we should strive to grow in our knowledge of God and His ways, and be constantly seeking to know Him more.
The Bible is filled with examples of people who lived out this command to love God with all their heart, soul, and strength. We can see this love for God demonstrated in the lives of great men and women of faith like Abraham, Moses, and David, who lived their lives in obedience to God and were willing to sacrifice everything for Him. They recognized that their relationship with God was the most important thing in their lives and were willing to put it above all else. David was known as a man after God’s own heart and his love for God was evident in his worship, his prayers, and his obedience. He sought God’s will in all things and was constantly striving to please Him.
We must remember that our love for God must be based on who He is, not on what He can do for us. We must love God simply because He is worthy of our love, not because He gives us what we want. Our human nature is often selfish and self-centred, and it can be difficult to put aside our own wants and needs to focus on God. We may be tempted by the world and its pleasures, and may struggle to resist its pull.
We must guard our hearts and our thoughts. We are commanded to love God with all our heart and mind, and this means that we must protect our hearts and minds from things that would distract us from our love for God. We must be careful what we watch, listen to, and what we allow into our minds. So let us reflect on our love for God today. Are we putting Him first in our lives? Are we living out our love for Him through our words and actions? If not, let us make a commitment to love Him more fully, seek Him more deeply, and serve Him more devotedly.
Heavenly Father, we acknowledge that we often struggle to love You with all our heart, soul, and might, but we ask for Your help to grow in our love for You. Help us to seek You more deeply, to serve You more devotedly, and to love You more fully. Fill us with Your Spirit, so that we may live a life that pleases You. In Jesus’ name, we pray, Amen.
Further Reading: Matthew 10:37–38
Bible In One Year: Exodus [19–22]