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Constant Love

15 Aug

A post from several years ago about the love of Christ.

28And one of the scribes came up and heard them disputing with one another, and seeing that he answered them well, asked him, “Which commandment is the most important of all?” 29Jesus answered, “The most important is, ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. 30And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’  Mark 12:28-30

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The heart, a hollow muscular organ of conical form located between the lungs and enclosed in the cavity of the pericardium, beats between 70 and 80 times a minute on average.  It beats roughly 100,000 times in a day, and over 2 billion times in an average lifetime.  The muscle power generated by your heart each day is enough to lift four large cars almost 15 feet in the air.  The heart is constant and strong.  The first thing Jesus says we are to love God with all of, is our heart.  When I think about this and think about these characteristics of the heart, I am blown away by the implications.

The above statistics are for a healthy heart, for someone that is in good shape and not engaged in detrimental or destructive activities.  That person has a steady and consistent heartbeat.  I think it is also true that someone who is healthy spiritually and is focused on God has a constant and stable steady love for Him.  I think a large part of loving God with all of your heart is making sure that your love remains continuous.

I will admit that it is quite difficult at times to remain this consistent, but think about your heart.  Do you have to consciously tell it to beat every few nanoseconds?  No you do not.  It is an involuntary movement.  The muscle fibers of the heart are highly specialized and not found anywhere else in the body, they are resistant to the fatigue that plagues the other two types of muscles.  This allows them to continually pump blood throughout the body and therefore sustain life.  In the same way our love for God should be just as automatic.  It should be to the point where we do not have to think about it, it just is.  Also it should not wear us out, but should keep us going and nourish us.

I encourage you to leave His footprints behind as you love God with your heart today.

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Posted by on August 15, 2012 in Bible, Culture, Life

 

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