37 And he said to him, "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.
38 This is the great and first commandment.
39 And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.
40 On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets." - Matthew 22:37-40
Loving God with all our soul is referring to everything we’ve got. Our souls makes us who we are - it’s the sum total of everything that makes us. The soul is what integrates our parts, it is the gathering of it all together - our mind, our emotions, our strengths. These parts of us don’t exist separately, they exist together - and they are all pulled together by our soul.
So, we are to love God with all that we are. We are to love Him with our passions and desires, our thoughts and our actions. Everything. We are to love Him with how we talk, how we use our talents, how we interact with others, how we respond to challenges. Everything. Everything we do or say or think should be a display of our love for God.
That’s quite a mark to hit. I’ve still got so far to go. But by the grace of the One whom I’m supposed to be loving with everything that I am, I grow increasingly toward that target every day. Because He loves me with a perfect love - the same perfect love He expects from me - He shows me where I miss the mark all the time so I can experience the victory that comes when I do get it right.
Press on ~ you are loved 💗
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