Loving God Freely

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Luke 10:27 says, “He answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’”

“How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.” These are the words of Elizabeth Barrett Browning in her famous poem.

Would we be able to give an answer to this question about our love for God? Do we love Him with all our heart, with all our soul, with all our strength, and with all our mind?

If our heart is not given over to God, we cannot love Him the way He deserves. When our soul is not at rest, we will not be able to love God either. Our strength is weakness without God’s power to love as He requires. And our mind without renewal will betray our love for God if it is not bathed in Scripture.

We are undone then, save the fact that God can and must take over our hearts, our souls, our strength, and our minds.

As the old hymn, “I Surrender All“ says,

All to Jesus I surrender

All to Him I freely give

Are you freely giving Him your heart, soul, strength, and mind?

For it is only then we will be able to love God as He deserves.

Surrender today as we obey the Lord’s command to love Him as He asks - heart, soul, strength, and mind!

And there you go!

But God...

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Mark 12:30 says, "Love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength." Seriously?! 

Isn’t that a tall order? Impossible actually, without the Holy Spirit living in us.

My emotions, my mind, my strength, my very being are to love the Lord my God.

I don’t know about you, but sometimes my emotions get the best of me. My mind thinks thoughts that are, honestly, evil. My strength often fails. My person, who I am in myself, betrays me.

But God!

Isn’t that a wonderful phrase? But God. With Him in control, exchanging my strength for His, my will and my thoughts for His, and my identity wrapped completely in who He says I am, then I am able to truly love Him the way He asks. For it’s in abiding in Him, listening to Him, waiting on Him, that I exchange my strength for His. I run and do not grow weary. I walk and do not faint, and I love Him for He puts this love in my heart. It’s a wonderful trade-off. Please think on it today. And there you go!
 

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