“You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength.”
LOVE. What does it mean? Is it just a word or is it more? Google defines it as a tense feeling of deep affection. The Bible teaches that love is an action rather than a feeling. According to the Bible love is a verb. It’s something we do as outlined in 1 Corinthians 13.
We show our love to our mother’s, father’s, siblings, children, spouse, friends, etc. by doing. We pick them up when they might need a ride. We gift them with things when they didn’t even ask. Love is heightened in relationships through our actions and not just our words.
In today’s world we are quick to say that we love God but our actions might say otherwise. Today’s text was given to the Israelite’s during their transition period from Egypt to the Promised Land. After being in captivity for 400 years the Israelites lived in the wilderness. During this wilderness time God gave them guidelines regarding their behavior and true worship. This is where the 10 commandments were given to the people. However, before giving the 10 commandments God establish and reestablished a relationship with them because of His love for them. In speaking these words to the Israelite’s He wanted them to show love and not just say it.
So how do we truly love God? With every single part of us. Let’s break down this text: You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength.
- Love – Hebrew word is ahab. It’s a verb that shows an easy and completed action. It can mean love, as it is translated here. It also mean to breathe after something, hence of longing, to be inclined or to delight in. One thing I’ve learned about love is it’s a choice to “do” love. When we choose to love and delight in the one we choose to love it’s easy.
- Do you delight in God?
- Heart – Hebrew word is lebab. Also meaning mind. The seat of the senses, affections and emotions of the mind.
- Soul – Hebrew word is nephesh. Meaning breath of life. A very popular saying today when expressing something that gets you excited or pumped up about something is LIFE. This gave me LIFE. That gave me LIFE. Simply put, we are LIFE and God wants us to love Him with all of it.
- Strength – Hebrew word is m@`od. Trying to pronounce this word? This is the pronunciation: meh·ōde’. Meaning force from the root. In the highest degree. The root is our soul where the LIFE is.
God doesn’t just want us to say that we love Him. God wants us to know Him. He wants a relationship with us where we use every part of our being to love Him. He wants us to show our love as He showed His love for us by sending His only son to die for our sins and give us eternal life. This love that God want us to have for Him is the “I will do every and anything for Him” love.
Love is not just a word it’s an action, a relationship that requires giving and receiving flowing out of love. How do you love God? #LivingTheLife