What Does It Mean?

RED # 3

“And you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength… and ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.  No other commandment is greater than these.”

 So often we quote this truth, yet we fail to really think about the words and apply them to our own lives.  What does it mean to love, “With all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength”?

The only way for us to be able to love like this is, we must seek God to know Him, not just know about Him.  Whether we like to admit it or not, usually the love we offer is tainted with selfish motives.  It’s an “I will if you will” mentality.  If we come to know God, we can’t help but stand in surrendered awe and love Him.  If we love Him we’ll love others, and then our hearts will genuinely be full to overflowing.

“This is more important than to offer all of the burnt offerings and sacrifices required in the law.”

 It’s true, we don’t offer burnt offerings on an altar of fire and smoke these days, but how often do we view our good works as our offerings of penance?  All of our good deeds cannot replace, or pay our way out of, this commandment given to truly love God and others.  Good deeds should be what flows from a heart that’s learning to love.

What does it mean to love?

“Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged.  It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out.  Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.  Love Never Fails

Let’s pause today to search our hearts and get honest with ourselves.  Then, let’s make the proper adjustments that will allow us to truly surrender and freely love.

~ Shannan

Mark 12:28-34
1 Cor. 13:4-8
RED # 3