10 Ways to Love God – Heart, Soul, Mind, and Strength

What does it mean to love God with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength This explains each and gives ways to grow closer to God in every way.

I love God.

Easy to say. Hard to understand.

What does loving God look like when we can’t see Him or touch Him? When we question His voice and doubt our circumstances? How do imperfect people love a perfect God?

Jesus said the greatest commandment is:

‘Listen, O Israel! The Lord our God is the one and only Lord. And you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength.” Mark 12:29–30

What does that mean? ALL your heart, soul, mind, and strength. How are you and I supposed to live out all-consuming love for God?

Loving God with All My:

Heart – Loving God with all my heart means making Him my greatest treasure. Valuing my relationship with Him, with Jesus, more than anything else in my life.

 Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be. Matthew 6:21

Soul – Your soul is who you are. My soul is who I am. It’s the part of us that lives forever. Loving God with all my soul means loving Him with all I am.

Your soul is what integrates, what connects, what binds together your will, then your mind (those thoughts, feelings, and desires going on all the time), and then your body (with all of its appetites, habits, and behavior). ~John Ortberg, Soul Keeping

What does it mean to love God with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength This explains each and gives ways to grow closer to God in every way. ..

Mind – Loving God with reason and intellect. Having faith does not mean giving up knowledge and understanding. Loving God with all my mind includes study and thought that will grow my faith and bless my relationship with Him.

Devote yourselves to prayer with an alert mind and a thankful heart. Colossians 4:2

You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you! Isaiah 26:3

Since you have heard about Jesus and have learned the truth that comes from Him . . . let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes. Ephesians 4:21 & 23

Strength – Strength is love in action. Loving God by what you and I do and say. It is honoring Him with our abilities, our resources, and our actions.

And I am praying that you will put into action the generosity that comes from your faith as you understand and experience all the good things we have in Christ. Philemon 1:6

That’s what it looks like, but wow . . . I don’t know about you but I’m humbled by how far I fall short of the “all” part.

I need a list of things to do intentionally to put life in my love.

10 Ways to Love God
Heart, Mind, Soul, and Strength

1. Read and study His Word.

2. Write prayers and His answers.

3. Memorize His promises.

4. Be still in His presence.

5. Spend time with His people.

6. Write down His will for you.

7. Trust His will.

8. Obey His will.

9. Praise and thank Him for who He is.

10. Daily remember His love and faithfulness.

Promises to Remember

You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you! Isaiah 26:3

Call on me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you will honor me. Psalm 50:15

I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. Ezekiel 36:26

For I am the Lord your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you. Isaiah 41:13

And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of His glory in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:19

Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek His will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take. Proverbs 3:5–6

I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Romans 8:38

For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength. Philippians 4:13

With Christ’s strength by the power of His Spirit you and I can live with the full assurance of God’s love for us and set heart, mind, soul, and strength on loving Him in return.

And the blessings – forgiveness, comfort, joy, peace, patience, kindness, hope, gentleness, faithfulness, self-control, family, and love.

His love. His grace and mercy drawing us to love His with our “all.”

 

17 comments

  1. Ruthie Gray
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    Great post as always, Deb! I’ve been meditating on being still in His presence a lot the past two days – I think God is trying to tell me something….
    The Soul Keeper book by John Ortberg I will have to check into – LOVE him!
    And the strength definition – love in action. Good words.
    Love all the Scripture you included. Sharing!

    • Deb
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      Thanks for your kind encouragement Ruthie! I think you’ll really like Ortberg’s book. I was asked to review it last year and it was one of my favorites. The being still part is the hard part isn’t it? I spend time in Bible Study and prayer every day, but to really clear my mind and sit in His presence is harder. My mind often feels like a pinball machine of thoughts. Clearing that clutter is only done by His grace and with His help. Enjoy a blessing-filled day my friend.
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  2. Lauren Gaskill
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    LOVE THIS! “What does loving God look like when we can’t see Him or touch Him? When we question His voice and doubt our circumstances? How do imperfect people love a perfect God?” Very well written, Deb! Sharing this with my readers today. <3

  3. Lori
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    This is so good, Deb. Be still in His presence is something I need to work on. I love the idea of writing down His will for my life. Having that to pull out and read over would be a great reminder on those days when “more exciting” things appear to be something to pursue.
    Thank you for linking up with Thankful Thursdays.
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  4. Lina Langford says:

    Wow Deb, this was so deep for me. I’m in a place right now where I want to learn to love God with ALL my heart, soul, mind and strength. I know God put this in all these things in my spirit. I know this will take a lot of dyeing to “Self!.” I am ready for this challenge. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
    Lina

  5. Keri spradley says:

    May I have your permission to use your article in our Associational women’s prayer retreat and to copy this information into booklet form (not for profit?)

    • Deb
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      Hi, Keri! Thank you! Yes! You are absolutely welcome to share this at your retreat. Would you please credit it back to me and share a link to Counting My Blessings! I would love to be able to connect with some of the ladies! God bless you! Praying your retreat is a precious time of growing closer to the Lord and to each other.
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