Deuteronomy 6:5, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.”
by Kristen C. Strocchia
“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 12:30
In this, the greatest of all commands, we are called to love God first of all with our whole heart. Not the pulsing tissue-vein-and-artery pump that delivers lifeblood to our bodies, but our spiritual heart which nourishes our soul-man with faith, hope and love.
The Bible tells us that our whole heart is a triune spiritual organ made up of our intellect [Genesis 6:5-6, Psalms 19:14, et al], our will [Proverbs 16:9 and 19:21, et al], and our emotion [1 Samuel 2:1, Jeremiah 4:19, et al]. Unfortunately, just like our physical heart, our spiritual heart was damaged when sin entered the world.
Before sin, the central purpose of the human heart was to revere God. But when sin entered the world…
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