Consuming Love

18 Oct

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

The soul. What does that really mean? I just googled the word “soul” and in .17 seconds came up with over 354 million results. There is soul food. There is soul music. We refer to a favored loved one as a soul mate. Webster has eight definitions for the word soul. I will admit that it is a confusing word to grasp and understand. The actual word used for soul in this passage is better translated as psyche. Well I was a psychology minor in college so I should be able to define that a little better, but still it is a tough word to describe accurately.

When I think about the vast topics covered in my psychology classes I quickly remember how they seemingly encompassed all aspects of life. There it is. That is it. Did you see it? The soul, the psyche, whatever you want to call it, covers all phases of life. My classes covered all forms of development, and thought and activity and stimulation.

I think that is what it means to love God with all of our soul. It means we love Him with all of ourselves. With a love that completely consumes our being. It is there when we get up in the morning. It is there when we go to bed at night. It is there when we drive to work. It is there when we eat lunch. It is there when we have a frustrating meeting with our boss. It is there when our girlfriend or boyfriend break up with us. It is there on the way home when the driver in front of us is driving to slow. It is there when things are great and when things are bad and everywhere in between. It is a love that invades all aspects of life. It impacts how we work, what we purchase, the music we listen to, and the movies we watch. It changes how we think, how we love, how we act. It is a love that transforms us to our core.

Loving God with all of our soul is a truly revolutionary idea. It continually molds us into a new person, a person more and more like Him every day. Today I hope you are living with that kind of love. If you are not, I encourage you to start doing so right now; you will never get there if you do not start.

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Posted by on October 18, 2012 in Bible, Culture, Life


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