The question was asked as a way to test Jesus Christ. The Pharisees and Saducees who were the religious leaders at the time had burning questions and Jesus was astounding them with His answers.
They asked Him questions they had about their faith. About day to day living. They had questions about the relevance and superiority of the law of Moses which they practiced.
In Matthew 22, the religious leaders wanted to know- well, which of the 613 laws they had to practice and obey was the most important. It was a test question.
Jesus, without hesitation, went straight to the answer.
“Jesus said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.””Matthew 22:37-40
What an awesome answer Jesus Christ gave!
Even the 10 commandments we know from Exodus 20:1-17 hang on these 2 commandments. When you love God, you don’t take His name in vain and you don’t serve other gods. And when you love others , you will not steal from them or bear false witness against them among other things.
So what does it look like to love God with all your heart, soul and mind in our daily lives? I will share some tips below.
To honour the second commandment to love others as we love ourselves, read this post with practical and powerful ways we can love others like Jesus Christ.
7 Ways to Love God with all your heart, soul and mind
1. Seek God first
“I love those who love me,Proverbs 8:17
And those who seek me diligently will find me.“
Seek God first early in the morning when you wake up. Even if it’s just to thank Him for the night and a brand new day.
When you have a problem or challenge don’t call your mom, best friend or husband, call on God FIRST and let Him help you.
I’ve found that at times after praying for a situation I no longer feel the need to tell people about it because I’ve told God about it first and He has already given me peace about it.
When we seek God we will find Him, as His word has promised us:
“And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.”Jeremiah 29:13
2. Obey God
There’s a popular saying we like to say- ‘the proof is in the pudding’. And another saying that goes like this ‘action speaks louder than words’.
The proof that you love God is obeying His commandments in the Bible. You will only obey someone that you respect and love.
“For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments. And His commandments are not burdensome.”1 John 5:3
Well there we have it. His commandments are not hard. If they are, it’s usually because we’re carrying them all by ourselves.
“If you love Me, keep My commandments. And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever— “John 14:15-16
We have not been left alone to try and figure out life and how to obey God. We’ve been given a Helper, who abides with us forever. The Holy Spirit. So we’re well taken care of.
How awesome is it to be a child of God? Pretty incredible if you ask me!
3. Tell others about God
I love my children. Listen, they can drive me crazy sometimes but I love them. When I meet someone even for the first time, I can’t help but talk about them.
Even when I go on a date with my husband, unfortunately we find ourselves talking about our children (even though the whole idea of a date is time for just the two of us).
You can’t love someone and not tell others about them. When you love God, you share Him with those who don’t know Him yet. You introduce them to Him.
When you share the Gospel, you are loving both God and others.
4. Believe God’s word and His promises
Loving God is having faith in Him. Genuine faith. It’s having faith in Jesus Christ. Strong and everlasting faith. Loving someone means you believe what they say and what they promise you.
When you have faith even when you go through trials and tests you’ll still come out the other side victorious. Faith is believing all of God’s promises and the power of Jesus Christ.
“But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.”Hebrews 11:6
“For all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us.”2 Corinthians 1:20
5. Trust God especially during hard times
“Blessed is the man who endures temptation; for when he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him.”James 1:12
As children of God, we will need to endure temptations in this world. But God is also faithful as He always provides a way for us to escape the temptation.
And once we overcome, God will reward us with the crown of life in Heaven. What a great promise. Knowing that our endurance in this world isn’t in vain. It has a purpose. It has a reward.
When you love God you trust Him to help you overcome the temptations of life and reward you in the end.
6. Know God
“Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore I will deliver him;Psalm 91:14
I will set him on high, because he has known My name.”
Imagine that feeling when you start dating someone. You want to know everything about them. Their family, friends, likes and dislikes. You go through their social media profile and dig as much as you can about them.
And even when you’re in a relationship or married. You want to keep knowing that person. And you act on that knowledge. So for example, when you know your husband’s favourite meal, you make it for them.
And so it is with God. We’re in a relationship with Him and we should desire to know Him. It’s important that we desire to spend time with Him, in His word and with other fellow believers. Read more about the beautiful benefits of loving God’s word in this post.
7. Give God your heart
“My son, give me your heart,Proverbs 23:26
And let your eyes observe my ways.”
God desires that we give our hearts to Him. Our hearts consist of our emotions, character and personality. We need to give our hearts to God so He can cleanse us, mould us and make us like Him.
The great thing is, once we love God first and He has our hearts, He will teach us how to love others better. Because God is the author of love itself.
My Encouragement to you
Friend, I want you to know that it’s possible to love God with all of your heart, soul and mind. In fact this is the greatest commandment and God wants us to honour it. The Holy Spirit will help and guide us to live out this commandment everyday.
Heavenly Father, thank you that You are the God of love and you loved me first. Teach me how to love you daily with all my heart, mind and soul. Thank you that you have given me the Holy Spirit who lives inside of me to help me every step of the way.
In Jesus name I pray. Amen.