“love the Lord, hate evil! ..love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength” (Psalm 97:10 Mark 12:30–31).
God is showing us how to love Him with all of our heart, soul, mind, and strength today. Simply put, hate what God hates and love what God loves. Our perfect example is Jesus as He practically showed us what kind of love God desired ..with His own life. Now we know:
1. We must sincerely love God with all our heart? Like Jesus, we should hate any other lovers—any false beliefs or desires that compete for first place in our hearts, Luke 14:26. We should willfully determine to love the Father and obey His Word above all else (Hebrews 10:7).
2. We must sincerely love God with all our soul? This includes the emotional side of our love. Christ displayed this intense love at the Garden of Gethsemane, when He experienced deep grief at the prospect of taking the world’s sins upon Himself (Luke 22:42–44).
3. We must sincerely love God with all our mind? What we allow to consume and control our thoughts shows what we truly care about. Jesus was consumed with following God’s will, as revealed in John 15:10. What do you think about the most?
4. We must sincerely love God with all our strength? Are my youthful energies being drained to satisfy my own comforts and desires rather than God’s cause? Jesus went to His death pursuing one primary goal—“to bear witness to the truth” (John 18:37). Can you? If yes, Go on, Grow, and Glow further.. Shalom!