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Love God with All Your Heart and Soul

May 23, 2018

“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul.…” Deuteronomy 6:5

Love Yahweh your God with all your heart.
Love God with all your affection. Don’t ever think of your salvation as some kind of business transaction in which Christ does certain things and you do certain things, and it is all settled with a simple handshake.

Christ shed his blood for you, and he did this because he loves you. The relationship he brings you into is one in which you know him and come increasingly to love him.

The heart is more than feelings—never less, but always more. In the Hebrew language “heart” includes the mind, the will, the desire, the intent, and the motive. Your thinking, feeling, and desiring are all done in your heart.

We often think of the head and the heart as two different departments that have trouble communicating: “Should I go with my head or my heart?” But when Jesus quoted these words, he added the word “mind,” making it clear that, for the Hebrews, the “head” is in the “heart.” So, to love God with all your heart means to love him with all that is in you.

Love Yahweh your God with all your soul.
The word soul could also be translated “life.” Love the Lord with all your energy, with all your ability, and with all your years. Make commitments that will deploy what God has given you in ways that show you love him.

People see that you love your family, your work, and your sports, but what are you doing that makes it obvious that you love Christ?

The Author
Colin Smith

Colin Smith is the senior pastor of The Orchard Evangelical Free Church in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. He has authored a number of books, including Heaven, How I Got Here and Heaven, So Near - So Far. Colin is the president and teacher for Unlocking the Bible. Follow him on Twitter.

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