“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.” Luke 10:27
Right after Jesus praised the Father for hiding the secrets of the kingdom from the wise and revealing them to babes, a lawyer tested Jesus by asking him, “Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” When Jesus asked him what the law said about inheriting eternal life, he answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.” Clearly the lawyer knew the law. He studied the scriptures and knew the traditions, but he didn’t understand what it meant to love.
I believe the lawyer’s heart is similar to many people’s hearts today. They know the law and the traditions and they study the scriptures, but they don’t understand what it means to love. The greek word used for “love” here is “agape” which is a selfless love. The only way a person can have this type of love is if the Holy Spirit pours it into their hearts (Romans 5:5).
The heart is the center of emotions, the soul is the center of our being, the strength refers to our will, and the mind is the center of the intellect. When the scriptures tell us to love God and others using all of these, it is not teaching us four different ways to love. Rather it is revealing to us that when the Holy Spirit pours God’s love into us, it will cause us to love with our whole being.
Maybe you are having a difficult time loving someone in your life today. If so, ask the Lord to empty yourself of any self-love, and to fill you with the Savior’s love so that you might be able to love your neighbor as He does.
Join us on Wednesday night at 6:30pm at the Portillo’s house as we open Luke 10:25-36 and study “The Parable of the Good Samaritan”. God bless you all and hope to see you there!