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Three Aspects of Loving God

Updated on November 30, 2012

Loving God With All Our Heart, Soul And Mind

“Teacher which is the greatest commandment in the Law ?”

Jesus replied :

“Love the Lord God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and the greatest commandmant.”

Matthew 22:36-38

There are three things involved in loving God. These are the heart, soul, and mind. When you say loving God with all your heart it means God is enthroned at the center of your heart as King. It means He is your First Love, He is your all in all, He is your everything, He is the center of your life. He is the main reason for your existence . It means that God completely possessed your heart. It means you have no room for the “idols of the heart”. What are these “idols of the heart”? We consider “idols” as anything that comes in between you and God. These “idols” destroy your relationship with God. It could be a person you desire so much, it could be your ambition, it could be your career. It is something you allot much of your resources such as time, money and energy. If you allow “idols” preoccupy your heart , you will ruin your beautiful relationship with God. Loving God with all your heart involves consecration and dedication of your life to God. Allowing “idols” to preoccupy your heart , is violating the commandment of God. It is written in the Law that you should have no other gods. Entertaining “idols of the heart” is idolatry and having other gods.

So many professing Christians are not aware of these “idols of the heart”. It could appear as subtle in the form of a special person in your life, a special brother or a special friend. A Christian should always guard his heart at all times so that he will not be guilty of idolatry. We must commit to God every desire in our heart and every inclination of our thoughts. Many Christians because they have not guarded their heart have fallen into the snare of idolatry. They have exchanged God for a certain person, for a career, for material possession, thus they live miserable lives.

Loving God involves loving God with all your soul. Soul involves emotions and feelings. Loving God involves emotions. Loving God with all your soul means God is the center of your worship. God is the center of your adoration. God is the primary inspiration of your daily life. God is the major source of encouragement in your life. You draw your primary encouragement for living not from a certain person but from God.

Loving God with all your mind involves loving God with your will and intellect. Your primary motivations in life depends wholly on your relationship with God. You are motivated to live a holy life for it will surely please God. God is the center of your will. The primary goal of your life is to do the will of God. So obedience will be very evident in your life. Loving God with all your mind involves a complete dedication of your life to God’s plan and purposes for the lost world.

A true disciple of Christ is in the process of loving God with all his heart, soul and mind. It could be a lifelong journey. As we pursue the journey of faith, our love for God continually develop and mature. But initially upon surrendering our life to Christ , we have learned to love God upon knowing His unconditional love for us. Upon knowing His love for us inspite of our depravity and wickedness, we began to love God in response to His unconditional love. We do love God because He first loved us.


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      Maria Cristina Aquino Santander 5 years ago from Manila

      HI teaches12345 great to hear from you again. Thank you for dropping by once again and appreciating this hub. Your comment is a great encouragement to me. Only in knowing God intimately we can be the best person we can be.Many blessings to you always. Best regards.

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Your message hits home with me as it invites me to become more intimate in my relationship with God. Knowing him is allowing him to develop us to our full potential. Blessings.

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      Maria Cristina Aquino Santander 5 years ago from Manila

      Hi Cherry4 great to hear from you again. Thank you for visiting my hub once again. Thank you also for sharing a bit of your experience about "idols of the heart". I also used to have so many "idols of the heart", but God intervened in my life that they be removed. There were times God's dealing is so painful in removing them. I have experienced brokenness in order for those cherished idols to be removed from my heart. The process is so painful but only in brokenness we can mature as a child of God. God indeed broke me so that He will be glorified in my life. Many blessings to you and your family. Best regards.

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      Maria Cristina Aquino Santander 5 years ago from Manila

      Hi BlossomSB great to hear from you. Thank you for dropping by and leaving some insightful comment. Yes it is not really that easy to live out the greatest commandment. Only by relying on the the power of the Holy Spirit it can be achieved and it involves daily dying to the SELF life. May you be blessed today and always. BEST REGARDS.

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      Cherry Ann 5 years ago from New York

      Amen. WE must seek God first and his kingdom before all other things can be added unto us. It means as you state that God must be first and foremost in all things. Many times we think an idol is made of concrete with six hands but it is subtle like you mentioned.

      I used to think that everything I had God always took it away from me but it was not so it was because I made things and people an idol in my heart and every time I did; God who loves me so much would remove it and only after He did i would see what danger it meant for me. Yes it was so sneaky that at times i missed prayer time, quality time with God all for people or things which I made an idol but thank God for always watching over me even when I was not looking.

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      Maria Cristina Aquino Santander 5 years ago from Manila

      Hi teacherjoe52 I am glad to hear from you again. Thank you for visiting once again. Yes we have to constantly guard our heart against those things which are trying to take the place of God from our lives. We have to seek God's help daily regarding this matter. Many blessings to you always. Best regards.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 5 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      We say it in the liturgy, we know it and believe it, but keeping it at the forefront of our lives is not always so easy. Life truly is a personal battlefield where we need to keep our goal in the centre and not allow the devil to find chinks in our armour. God bless you.

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      Maria Cristina Aquino Santander 5 years ago from Manila

      Hi lifegate thank you once again for gracing my hub. Your visit is much appreciated. Yes Jesus must be our everything not just an addition to our life. Our hearts must be completely possessed by Him. REmain blessed always. Best regards.

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      teacherjoe52 5 years ago

      Good morning cristina.

      So very well said.

      We must always ask God for guidence if the devil is inconspicuously putting anything between us and God. He works very sneaky and is very subtle.

      May God enrich you greatly with His blessed realtionship.

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      William Kovacic 5 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      Great hub, Cristina! That's what the Christian life is about - Jesus. So many people try to add Jesus to their lives when Jesus was meant to be their lives. Thanks for making it crystal clear.