Love Language

In my Bible study this morning, I was challenged to define

‘…and you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ Mark 12:30

Huh. You mean I am actually expected to obey this command, and therefore understand what each part of the command means? I never thought about that before. Once I did give it some thought this morning, I came up with this:

with all your heart- I thought about how He wants His word to be hidden in my heart, so that my heart can be one that is completely His (Ps. 119:11; 2 Chron. 16:9a)

with all your soul- maybe this has to do with living each day more for eternity than the day before, spending less time wrapped up in the temporal (2 Cor. 4:18)

with all your mind- here lies the battlefield; how willing am I to discipline my mind to where I am thinking on things that please the Lord? (Phil. 4:8)

with all your strength- I thought about how much guts it takes to be self-controlled. Our BSF leader was talking about how it is last in the fruits of the Spirit because it is the most difficult. I need to focus my energies on doing what I should rather than what I want (great 252 Basics definition!), more of the time. (Gal. 5:22-23; 1 Cor. 9:24-27;1 Timothy 4:7-8)

Wow, it is a tall order, loving God like this. But one that is attainable through Christ my righteousness and my strength. I had a good day trying it out, and it felt pretty good, like test driving a new car. I hope the smell God smelled was better than that new- car scent.

But thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and manifests through us the sweet aroma of the knowledge of Him in every place. 2 Corinthians 2:14