Deuteronomy 6:5 You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.
Young love; it’s intense, exciting, electrifying, all consuming. Nothing can distract it from its intended focus. It is fresh, joyful and inviting. Bystanders enjoy the splendor of it all. But overtime the newness loses its luster, the energy wanes, and familiarity gives way to boredom. Eventually, the audience finds another couple to gawk at. Alas, they are like the morning dew which disappears in the warmth of the afternoon leaving nothing but a trace memory behind.
But the love the Lord commands in His word is not an emotional love rooted in the instability of just feeling. No, the word “love” here is an action word – if you would, a continual action. This action requires ALL: the totality of heart, mind and soul – our very “being!” It is offered with every ounce of strength leaving nothing in reserve, nothing to spare as we continually surrender all to Him.
If you’re like me, you’re probably thinking: “How can I do that? I am bound to fail!” It’s okay; He knows. While we live in these bodies of flesh and bone we struggle with our sinful nature and battle a devious enemy. But we need not struggle or fear. Jesus won the battle for us! By His death and resurrection, He defeated sin and death! Through the power of His Holy Spirit, not only can we can love Him perfectly, but we are empowered to love and show mercy, kindness, and patience towards others. It’s exciting! Electrifying! All consuming! Such splendor and joy is magnetizing! People will wonder, maybe they’ll gawk – but may it all be to the Glory of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit!
Romans 5:5 …and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.