Loving God with All Your Strength
Loving God with all your strength means having an intimate relationship with Him and having that constant awareness that we are walking with Him. We should go through our day with the awareness of serving and pleasing Him. We should offer ourselves as living sacrifices and not be conformed to this world.
Romans 12:1-2 – “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.”
Loving God with all your strength means to worship Him. Worship reminds us of our insignificance and helplessness apart from God (Psalm95). It is an expression of our gratitude and awe in thought, words, song and deed. It is adoration. It is a loving response to the living God who has made Himself known to us.
Loving God with all your strength means keeping His commandments (1 John 5:3–5) “For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments. And His commandments are not burdensome. For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world — our faith. Who is he who overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?”
No matter what circumstances you’re going through today, if you will allow this kind of love to be worked in your life, you will be better off. If you turn away from anger, revenge, hatred, bitterness, envy, jealousness, rebellion and etc, in favor of walking in Christ’s love, you will be emotionally healthier. If you embrace these bad attitudes, they will debilitate you emotionally and physically. God doesn’t want that in your life. He wants to continue to refine us, strengthen us and draw us closer to Him.
Remember, when we’re busy dwelling in negative emotions Satan uses those emotions to drive a wedge between God and us. He accomplishes this by making us think that our sins are too great for God to forgive or by making us feel condemned for sins that have already been forgiven
Loving God with all your strength means lifting your head during trials and leaving your problems in His hands, trusting the outcome to Him. Deuteronomy 30:20 “That you may love the Lord your God, that you may obey His voice, and that you may cling to Him, for He is your life and the length of your days….”
1 Corinthians 13: 4-7 gives the most beautiful definition of love. “Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself; is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth, bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.”
Isn’t that beautiful? Now try to replace the word “love” in the passage above with your name and read it out loud to yourself. I feel so convicted when I do this. This puts me in check and reminds me how much more I need to grow, how much pride I still have and how much more I need the Lord in my life.
“We love Him because He first loved us.” 1 John 4:19