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Loving God

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Sam Robles

on 23 January 2013

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Mark 12: 29 – 30 Jesus answered him, “The first of all the commandments is: ‘Hear, O Israel, the LORD our God, the LORD is one. ‘And you shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ This is the first commandment. Loving God "All In" Love God…with all our heart! Love God…with all our mind! Nutshell The Hebrew word for “heart” is lebab, which means: To be enclosed - as the interior or center, hence, the heart. In the Greek, the word is kardia. It means: The seat in the center of man’s inward life. Love God…with all our soul! The Hebrew word for “soul” is nephesh. It means: A breathing creature - whether a person, animal or creature of the sea. The Greek word equivalent is psuche, in which we get our prefix-word, psycho, for words like: psychology, Psuche means: Breath - voluntarily but gently (basically, being alive). The “soul” of a man always refers to the ”lower element” of man in relationship to the “heart,” the “higher element.” Though Jesus states in Mark 12:30 to love God “with all your mind,” the word for “mind” is not mentioned in Deuteronomy 6:4 from where He quoted the Scripture. The Greek word Jesus used for “mind” is dianoia, which means: Deep thought, exercising the mind, to think through. Taking these four things together, "You shall love the Lord your God," , "with all your heart," or, with perfect sincerity; "you shall love the Lord your God with all your soul," or, with the utmost fervor; "you shall love the Lord your God with all your mind," or, in the fullest exercise of an enlightened reason; and "you shall love the Lord thy God with all your strength," or, with the whole energy of our being! Love God…with all your strength! The Hebrew word for “strength” is meod, which means: Vehemently (implying whole - with everything you got). The equivalent Greek word is ischus, which means: Forcefulness, ability, might. The Pharisees asking ridiculous questions Because it is the seat in center of man’s inward life, sometimes the word heart is used to refer to the seat of our emotions, but that is not the intention here. What Jesus is saying is that we are to love the Lord without pretense. We are to be genuine or our love for Him and not to just say we love that Lord and then live as if He didn't exist. The "heart," then, must here mean the sincerity of both the thoughts and the feelings; in other words, uprightness or true-heartedness, as opposed to a hypocritical or divided affection. Psuche is used in a very wide sense throughout the Bible regarding mans many feelings: His emotions, attitudes and will. Hence, loving God “with all your soul” is different from ‘loving God with all your heart” in that it speaks of the “emotions, attitudes and will” of a person. As this involves the idea of our emotions, we are not to love God with some kind of dry, impersonal love, but we are to be emotional in our love for Him. That is, our love for God should touch us at our most intimate levels. We are to love the Lord with all our emotional self. Therefore, our mind speaks about our intellect - the place where we analyze, figure-out and plan things; the place where knowledge and understanding are analyzed and manipulated to bring about a conclusion or decision. Loving God “with all our mind” means: That everything we put in or allow in our minds is right, true and moral. That we align our conclusions and decisions based upon the commandments of God and the written Word of God in all situations. Basically loving God “with all our strength” speaks of the “ultimate expression” of our heart, soul and mind being released together through our bodily functions. It is the outward expression of what is going on within us to the outside world through our sight, speech and physical actions. This implies that our love for the Lord is not to be a thing that is done in word alone, but should also see expression in our physical bodies. John Piper comments on these verses in this way: “...the point is that every faculty and capacity that we have should display at every moment that God is our supreme treasure.” He goes on to say that Jesus command “...to love God with all our heart and soul and mind and strength means that every impulse and every act of every sense and every ability should be an expression of treasuring God above all things.” Conclusion/Application I would like to conclude my message telling you about one of the experiences when I had a chance to enter in Casino Filipino. This was when I had the chance to roam around and watched people played card games and slot machines. As I move around I took notice to a guy who was playing poker. What he did was he bet all his chips. And so, I ask a friend what is that guy doing? Why he bet all his chips? And my friend told me that’s what they called “all in”. Meaning with no reservation, no second thoughts, no holding back whatsoever he’s betting all everything he have. We can only love God “all in” if we totally surrender ourselves, our lives to Him. Amen! QUESTIONS TO PONDER Do we love God “all in”? Do we really love God with all our heart, soul, mind and strength? Do we love God without any reservations, no second thoughts, no holding back whatsoever?
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