In the past week there has been a recurring theme in the conversations I’ve been having with people, both groups and individuals. The young people have come back from Cultivate with a renewed passion for Jesus and his truth. In the worship team we’ve been talking about being wholehearted. In conversations with individuals the question has been – what does it look like to live for God with all we are?
So this week we’re going to explore what the Bible says about living for God wholeheartedly and what does that actually mean? How do we actually do it?
Love the Lord your God with ALL YOUR HEART
Deuteronomy 6:4-5 (NIV)
4 Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. 5 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.
Matthew 22:37-40 (NIV)
37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbour as yourself.’ 40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”
The Law of Moses and the redeemer Jesus both place love as the pinnacle of the Christian life. To love God is our greatest aim, our first commandment. But we’re not to love when we feel like it, or when is convenient. Both the law and the words of Christ COMMAND us to love God with ALL our hearts, souls, minds, strength.
Everything hangs on love and the Bible is clear that this is a sold out love, a response of our entire being. Our minds: our thoughts, decisions, will. Our heart: our emotions, our empathy, our relationship. Our souls: to love God from the core of who we are
What does it mean to love the lord with all your heart?
How can you become more whole hearted in love?
The second commandment is to then love your neighbour as yourself? We spoke about this in our July teaching series. How are you doing with loving your neighbour?
This week is Try Church Sunday – why not invite your neighbour along?
Enjoy the bank holiday today!