Deut. 6:5 And you must love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your strength.
Matt. 22:37-40 NLT
37 Jesus replied, “‘You must love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 The entire law and all the demands of the prophets are based on these two commandments.”
Mark 12:29-31 NLT
29 Jesus replied, “The most important commandment is this: ‘Listen, O Israel! The LORD our God is the one and only LORD. 30 And you must love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength.’ 31 The second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ No other commandment is greater than these.”
In the Old Testament source we read that love of God is to be through the totality of heart, soul, and strength, or rather, our emotional nature, our eternal essence, and our physical nature. When Jesus is quoted by Matthew, later in the life of the church age, we read that we are to love God with the totality of our emotional nature, our eternal nature, and our mental nature or thought life. But the first Gospel writer to pen this record of the Savior's teaching said that Jesus called us to love God with our heart, soul, mind AND strength. The point is that our love for God is not to be limited. There can be nothing held back. It is with our whole heart, or emotional nature, that we devote ourselves to God. It is with our whole soul and spirit-- our eternal nature that we commit for eternity to love God. It is with our entire mental essence, all of our thought life, all of our consciousness that we are to be devoted to God ahead of all else. And it is with all of our strength, our energy, our physical abilities that we are to demonstrate our love for God through doing all that He puts within our hands to do.
There just cannot be anything held back when it comes to following Christ and loving God. Right? How is that going for you today? God can make it so if you will ask Him and release yourself into His hands completely.
Your servant in Christ