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You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.
Matthew 22:37b (ESV)
Have you noticed when buying a new computer, cell phone, or vehicle, all the many features we can pick from? Electronic gadgets, appliances, and cars glisten with added enhancements.
Retailers provide the bells and whistles to match our wishes and wallets.
But sometimes intangible things also come packaged with bells and whistles.
Like the promise of love.
When we say I love you, there’s no bells and whistles in the phrase per se.
Yet if we read between the lines through our personal lens about love, we often hear ringing and shrieking. Those added enhancements for a price.
As with anything, when the shiny wears off, the thrill is gone.
When it comes to love…
Love plus fancy features equals less love, not more.
God is calling us to love Him with a deeper love. A love without bells and whistles.
The year 2012 marked a spiritual milestone in my life—written in my journal. I decided to fall head over heels in love with God, loving Him more than anyone or anything. Not only is this kind of love possible, but it’s the desire of God’s heart.
When a question of the greatest commandment was posed to Jesus, He answered with our focal Scripture.
“And he said to him, ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.” (Emphasis mine)
Love God with all. Look at these Google definitions:
Heart-“The center of a person’s thoughts and emotions, especially love or compassion.”
Soul-“A person’s moral or emotional nature or sense of identity. The spiritual part of a human being.”
Mind-“The element of a person that enables them to be aware of the world and their experiences, to think, and to feel; the faculty of consciousness and thought.”
So, in essence, every part of me, my whole being, is to love God. It’s love with no bells and whistles. There’s no added enhancements. It’s just me loving God.
Pure and high and deep and authentic love. It’s the greatest commandment and the greatest love. This love has no need for enhancing.
When we say, “I love you, God.” Is it just words? Or, is it with all?
God, help me to love You with everything I am. I want to love You more than anyone or anything. And I want to love you with every fiber of my being, with all of my heart, soul, and mind. Love with bells and whistles is not really authentic. I love you, Lord, with all. In the name of Jesus. Amen.