You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. Deuteronomy 6:5
Our Lord Jesus when asked as to what the great commandment was, He replied, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind” (Matthew 22:36–37). Knowing God should be our first priority because we cannot love someone we don’t know. The heart has always been considered deeper than the emotions and your heart is the seat of the spirit. Your soul is your mind, your emotions, and your understanding. The Aramaic translation for the word “strength” is “wealth.” The strength of a person is not simply who he is, but what he has at his disposal.
So, how do we begin to love God the way we should?
We must open every closet of our lives for cleaning, and every relationship in our lives must be influenced by Christ, only then we can begin to love God with all our heart, soul, and strength.
As Christians, we have been cleansed from sin and we have the Holy Spirit. We can start by asking God just as the man in Mark 9:24 asked God to help his unbelief, we can ask God to help us in areas where we don’t love Him with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength. It is His power that we need to do the impossible, and we begin by seeking that power.
It is through the witness of God’s faithfulness during times of struggle and trial that deep love for God grows. We should be consumed by the things of God and pursue God and His righteousness. Let us be eager to pray, obey and honor God in all things, and share the love of God with others. It is through these spiritual disciplines that the love for God grows and matures to the glory of God.