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If you’re like me you want to love God with your whole heart, soul, mind, and strength (Mk 12:30). But what does that mean?

It can be quite complicated because we humans have many different aspects to our makeup which are all inter-related. I found it helpful to try and look at them individually. In that way, we’ll be better able to…

Love God with our whole being

Last time I covered mind and heart. Now I’ll attempt to discuss what it means to love God with the physical and non-physical aspects of our makeup.

PHYSICAL BODY

We are loving God with our physical bodies when we:

  • Get enough rest, eat healthy, and exercise in order to serve God better—not just to feel and look good
  • Live a balanced life of work and relaxation
  • Use our 5 senses in a God-honoring way. For example:
    ~Watch, listen to, and smell only wholesome things
    ~Touch people appropriately
  • We take action in obeying God. For example:
    ~Take care of our families and other God-given responsibilities
    ~Follow a prompting to do an act of kindness like making a meal or driving someone to the doctor’s office.
  • Use our mouth to speak truth to others
  • Use our material possessions for God’s glory (although this is not an actual part of our makeup, I just had to include it here! 🙂 )

And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. (Col 3:17)

 

NON-PHYSICAL
(Will, personality, temperament, abilities, conscience, spirit)

We are loving God with our will when we:

  • Make right choices
  • Put in the effort to do the hard things (otherwise known as discipline)
  • Develop good habits—spiritual and non-spiritual—reading God’s word, being on time, etc.
  • Break bad habits
  • Determine to do God’s will no matter what—“Not my will but Your will be done” mentality
  • Persevere and endure hardship; refuse to give up
  • Resist temptation; fight with every ounce of our being not to give in

We are loving God with our temperament, personality, and abilities (including our spiritual gifts) when we:

  • Use our personality in our service to God. For example: if an extrovert, then we serve in a ministry involving people; if an introvert then we serve more behind the scenes
  • Serve in the area of our giftedness
  • Use our temperament in a God-honoring way. For example:
    ~If we tend to be laid-back, we don’t let ourselves be lazy
    ~If we are a doer, we try to do a task in His strength not our own
    ~If we are a good organizer, we use that gift to help others instead of criticizing them.
    ~If we tend to be a perfectionist, we strive for excellence instead.

We are loving God with our conscience when we:

  • Are sensitive to the Holy Spirit’s conviction when we stray from His ways
  • Repent quickly

We are loving God with our spirit and the rest of that immaterial part of us when we:

  • Avail ourselves of Christ’s power within us for His glory

struggling with all his energy, which so powerfully works in me.  (Col 1:29)

  • Allow the character and traits of Christ to manifest itself through us
  • Let Christ be the Source of everything

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So my friends, I hope this exercise has increased  your understanding of what it means to love God with your whole being. I know I have fallen way short in adequately discussing such an esoteric subject. But I pray that, at the very least, I have stimulated your thinking. I will entrust the Holy Spirit to do the rest, because spiritual truths can only be spiritually discerned (1 Cor 2:10-16). 

For me, my eyes have been opened up afresh as to how much I fall short in loving God with all of who I am. Alleluia! He loves you and me—shortcomings and all—with all of His heart and soul (Jer 32:41)! Which just makes me love Him all the more!

So until next time…

[I am] praying…that you will be filled with his mighty, glorious strength so that you can keep going no matter what happens—always full of the joy of the Lord (Col 1:11 TLB)

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Except where indicated all Scripture quotations are taken from The Holy Bible: New International Version®. NIV. ® Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan Publishing House. All rights reserved.

(TLB) The Living Bible copyright © 1971 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.

4 thoughts on “What Does It Mean to Love God with Our Whole Being? Part 2

  1. Thanks, Rose. This blog blessed my soul this morning. Your writing is so succinct and right on point. It makes me see where I’ve succeeded and where I fall short. “ Blessings for today and great hope for tomorrow “.

  2. Thank you! I have quite a few areas to work on with the Lord’s help and strength. You opened my eyes and heart to things I’ve never considered before. I definitely will share this post!

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