This sermon is going to help us answer the question what does it mean to love the Lord your God with all your heart and soul?
The bible helps us to understand in John 3: 16; that the gift of Jesus Christ for mankind’s redemption came as a result of the love God had for us.
And this goes to say that, if God truly did not love us; He would have destroyed our very existence after the fall of Adam; and the many other instances man has refused to adhere to His commands.
But then, God’s love for us is never for free because, He wants us to love Him in return.
That was why when the disciple asked Jesus which is the greatest commandment; He revealed in our scriptural text below that it is love.
Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.Mathew 22:37.
What it means to love God with all your heart and soul.
As we will see from below with scriptural proofs, what it means to love the Lord your God with all your heart and soul is to keep His commandments and also love your neighbour.
1. To love the Lord your God with all your heart and soul means to keep His commandments.
To understand what it means to love God with all your heart and soul, let us study the passages below.
“If you love me, keep my commands.
Whoever has my commands and keeps them is the one who loves me. The one who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love them and show myself to them.”
Jesus replied, “Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them.John 14:15, 21, 23.
As we can see from the text above, to love the Lord your God with all your heart and soul means that you must keep (obey) His commandments or teachings.
If we disobey God and claim to love Him, we are liars.
He who says , ‘I know Him,” and does not keep His commandments, is a liar and the truth is not in him. But whoever keeps His word, truly the love of God is perfected in him.1 John 2:5
Thus, there is no way we can call ourselves the children of God but keep on disobeying Him.
And so we can see that the love of God is not available for everyone, but only to those who keeps His words.
2. To love the Lord your God with all your heart and soul is to love your neighbour.
Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen.1 John 4:20.
As we can also see, what it means to love the Lord your God with all your heart and soul is to love your neighbour that you see everyday.
And your neighbour is not just those who live near you; but every human being you come across every single day.
Always keep in mind that if you hate your brother and sister, you also hate God.