Luke 10:25-28 – “And a lawyer stood up and put Him to the test, saying, “Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” 26 And He said to him, “What is written in the Law? How does it read to you?” 27 And he answered, “YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, AND WITH ALL YOUR SOUL, AND WITH ALL YOUR STRENGTH, AND WITH ALL YOUR MIND; AND YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.” 28 And He said to him, “You have answered correctly; DO THIS AND YOU WILL LIVE.” NASU
The Pharisees were continually trying to trip Jesus up and find fault with Him concerning “The Law” but they found that The Son of God was always at least one step ahead of them and he presented a problem in their doctrine, thinking, and living. Yet, He forced them to face their own ‘short-comings’ and ‘sins’, something they were want to do and resisted mightily.
Although there is much said here I want to focus on one portion and that is Jesus’ directive on ‘how much’ we are to Love the Lord. He used the Lawyer’s own rendering of Scripture to address this. Notice it says we are to Love
- With all our HEART.
There can be no divided loyalty and love here. The directive is to Love God with our ENTIRE HEART. He is to be loved above and more than anything else on Earth.
- With all our SOUL.
The word in the Greek is ‘psuche’ which literally means breath but by implication speaks of the spirit which is identified in the Bible as being both immortal and rational. We are to love God with that part of us that is eternal our ‘soul’.
- With all our STRENGTH.
This involves and includes our physical person and our bodies. Our bodies are the Temples of the Holy Spirit and should be recognized as a tabernacle of clay that God uses and abides in. That should behoove us to give more care to the body but never to the neglect of the spirit.
- With our entire MIND.
We are to intellectually and mentally recognize God as the Lord of All and love Him with our minds. We are to bring captive every thought to the obedience of Christ.
Then He admonishes us that we are to Love our Neighbors as our Selves. The Bible advises us that if we do not love our brothers and sisters that we have seen how can we love God whom we have not seen. If we cannot love our fellow man it is evidence that something is amiss in our hearts and we need to address the root of the problem.
So how much are we to love? We are to love with All our Hearts, Souls, Minds, and Strength and our neighbors as our own persons. We are to love completely! Make that you objective from this day forward!
May God bless you as you go through your day!