Jesus was asked a question by an expert in the law. The text tells us that the question was meant to test Jesus.
“Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” Jesus replied: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself. All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” Matthew 22:36-40.
The greatest commandment given to us is love. The greatest legacy we can leave on this earth is a legacy of love. You would think we would be good at it by now?
What does it mean to love the Lord with all your heart, soul and mind? The Greek translation for soul describes it as breath of life, to breathe in and out. Dr. Beverly Rose in her book So Close I Can Feel God’s Breath points out that saying the name of God sounds almost like breathing. “Try saying Yahweh.” As Rabbi Kushner observes, “The Y’s and the H’s don’t interrupt the flow of sound the way most consonants would.” To truly love the Lord should be as constant as breathing, a continual reminder that we should love the Lord completely.
Is this kind of love possible?
In the original Greek the word for love used in both commandments is agapao. Agapao love is defined “to esteem to love indicating a direction of the will, to find ones joy in something or someone.” To find one’s joy in loving the Lord. How do we do this?
Nothing about loving the Lord is natural to us. To love another more than we love ourselves is against our nature. We love our children, but in many ways they can feel like an extension of ourselves. To love the Lord means to place Him above everything and everyone else in our lives. This is simply not natural. However, it is possible, but only when through prayer we daily ask the Lord to transform our heart, our soul and our mind. Ask the author of love to give us this supernatural love for Him.
Loving the Lord begins with a choice. Make the decision to love the Lord and ask for His assistance in doing it. Do not assume that you can do this incredible act by yourself. If God is not the source of your joy, then ask Him to change it within you. Pray that your love would abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight. (Philippians 1:9)
God is love.
Ask Him to expand your heart so you can love Him completely.
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