“…you must love the LORD your God with all your heart…
soul…mind, and…strength.” Mark 12:30
God requires that we love Him with all four components of our lives because until we do, we are susceptible to Satan’s traps.
The HEART is the seat of our affections. When we love the Lord with all our hearts, we lose our affection for things contrary to Him. Idols, vices, and ungodly relationships lose their attraction when we love the Lord with all our hearts.
The SOUL is the seat of our decision-making. When we love the Lord with all our souls, decisions are viewed through the filter of God’s word. Disobedience is not an option. To love with all our soul means we voluntarily lay aside our rebellion in favor of: “Thy will, not mine, be done.”
The MIND is where our battles take place. Satan is at war with God, and the human mind is his battlefield. If Satan can introduce doubt, heresy, or blasphemies, he can control the information the mind sends to the heart and soul. We are commanded to renew our minds (Rom. 12:1-2) and to destroy every lofty idea raised up against the knowledge of God (2 Cor. 10:5). When we love God with all our minds, we bow our intellect to His often-unfathomable ways and desire His truth, not our ideas, to prevail.
And STRENGTH is the daily determination to follow and obey no matter what is coming against us. Instead, of using up our physical and emotional energy with guilt, envy, or judgement, we actively engage in serving Him with passion. Every moment is weighed in light of eternity and we use everything at our disposal to please and honor Him with all our might.
Do you love the LORD with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength?
Which of the four do you withhold?