And He said to them, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.”
Jesus is telling us here that we are to love God completely with every part, every fiber of our being. If we love Him in that way, He will fill and color our thoughts, our desires, our appetites, affections and purposes.
The way we think and know things will have Him at the center. If we love God that totally, that love will govern our every thought and action in moral living, reflecting His excellence. It will flow out to others. We will love our neighbors as ourselves. Jesus calls us to love and obey Him. Everything else stems from that.
In and of ourselves, we are incapable of that kind of God-love, unless He resides in us. No amount of effort on our part will grow that kind of love. He is the only source for it—but we have to ask.
Lord Jesus, of myself, I don’t have the capacity
to love as You instruct.
I ask You for Your love that I may love
You and others with that conquering love
You demonstrated to us
when You walked on earth.
As a side note, I’ve published a new 366 day devotional book entitled Looking Deeper. It’s available in paperback and e-reader.