Do You Love God with All of Your Heart, Soul, and Mind?

Commentary By:  Gordon King

Do you love God?  You say you do, you think you do, but do you really?!  How do we really know if we love God and how much we love Him?  I don’t really know and I don’t even know if there is a good answer for these questions.

I’m sitting here thinking about how much I love God and if I love Him with all of my heart, soul, and mind.  I know that I want to, but do I?

I know that I love God, but do I love Him with all of my heart?  Probably not, but I want to!  Each day I want to love God more, I strive to love God more, I pray to love God more!  And I do know that I love God more, even if it’s just a little bit more each day.  But do I love Him with all of my heart?  Jesus tells us that this is the first and great commandment!

Matthew 22:37

Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.” ‘

Love the Lord your God with all of your heart, soul, and mind!  Are we doing that?  Is anyone actually able to do that?  I don’t know!

So in order to love God this way must I obey everything He tells me to do all of the time?  And if I don’t does this mean that I don’t love God as much as I can?

Even the apostle Paul struggled between the spirit and the flesh, so does that mean Paul didn’t love God this way?  And Peter denied Christ 3 times yet was one of the closest disciples to Jesus. 

I know that none of us are perfect, and maybe that’s the point, we all have imperfections, we all at times sin, the bible tells us this, if we say it’s not true then we are liars and make Him a liar as well!

1 John 1:8-10

If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us.

This is the way I see it, God loves us unconditionally, He wants us to love Him back the same.  He wants to be number one in our lives, number one in everything!  As children of God we should put Christ first in all things, we should seek the Lord in all things.  God knows that we are not perfect, He knows that at times we will sin, but He is faithful and true to forgive us of all sins, past, present, and future!

When we were saved we were justified by the blood of Jesus Christ, meaning that we were found worthy to be saved only through Christ.  Our righteousness is not of ourselves but Christ’s righteousness, He took our sin upon Himself and we took His righteousness upon ourselves, although none of us deserved it!  It wasn’t a fair deal for Him, but this is how much He loves us, this is the grace of God!

Christ justified us upon our salvation, He is in the process of sanctifying us now, it will continue until He comes to take us home, at that time we will be glorified, made just like Him!  Sanctification is making us more righteous, more pure, and more holy, it is a process performed by the Holy Spirit within us.  We are not yet perfected in Christ, but will be once we are glorified.

Glorification is the process of Christ making us like Himself, perfected in Christ, given a new immortal body, never again to sin, perfect in every way!  This won’t happen until we leave this body and this earth.

So if we are already justified, meaning that we have eternal life, and we are now being sanctified, meaning that we are in the process of being perfected but we aren’t yet, then we can still sin and we still do!  Therefore none of us are perfect, all of us will still sin, and God forgives us and washes us clean of that sin!

This is not a ticket to sin, nor does it mean that we are to live anyway that we want, meaning living a sinful lifestyle.  On the contrary my friends, it means that although we are not yet perfect and God knows that at times we will sin, He forgives us, that we are continually being washed clean by the blood of the Lamb!

God wants us to love Him unconditionally, with all of our heart, our soul, and our mind, this should be our goal.  I don’t believe that anyone truly loves God to perfection, only God is perfect.  However, we should be trying to love God more and more each and everyday!  This should be our main focus, not on the love of money, or objects, or even human relationships, but to love God with all of our heart, soul, and mind.  I’m not saying that we should not love people or try to love them more, of course we should, but we should always love God more!

Without God we are nothing, have nothing, can do nothing!  Our life is futile and all vanity without Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior!  He is the reason for our being, the force behind what holds it all together, the very reason for our existence!  He loves us more than life itself, that’s why He gave His life on the cross for us.  With that being said, shouldn’t we at least try to love God more than anything else?!

I for one do not want to live without God!  I have tried it and have failed miserably.  Without God my life is always headed for destruction and demise!  That is why I pray to God daily for Him to help me love Him more, for me to perform His will in my life and not my own.  It’s not what I do for myself that matters, it’s what I do for God that matters!  It’s not what I do in my own name that matters, but what I do in the name of the Lord that matters!  This is loving God, this is what it’s all about, allowing the Holy Spirit to shine through each day, performing His will over my own, seeking His guidance in all things.  It is listening to His Spirit and following His lead, laying down my life and picking up His.

So the question remains, do you love God with all of your heart, soul, and mind?  You may not be able that question and that’s alright.  The main thing is that you love God, that you love Him more than anyone or anything else!  Seek God in all things, trust the Lord, trust in His promises, seek the things of heaven above, walk in the spirit!  Loving God isn’t a feeling, it’s something we do, it’s a relationship that we build, a foundation upon which we rest our life!  Feelings are fleeting at best, they come and they go like the wind.  But a strong relationship with God builds our faith, tests our character, and draws us closer to Him. 

God bless my friends!  Maranatha!