Wholehearted Love

February 2 | Deuteronomy 6:4-5

“Hear, O Israel, the Lord your God, Lord, He is one. And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your might.” (Deuteronomy 6:4–5)

There are many religions in our world. Unlike in the ancient world, the big three monotheistic religions are most well known today. Christianity, Judaism, and Islam all celebrate one God ninstead of many.

This passage tells us the Lord is one. There’s a unity within the Godhead. We don’t have to figure out which one of the gods does this. The Lord does them all. And there’s comfort in going to one God instead of many.

We can be comfortable in God’s presence. But we were made to worship and adore him. We love God with our heart, mind and emotions that go into making our decisions. We adore him with our soul, our life and inner being. And we love him with our strengths might, our bodies and everything we do.

The Bible gives these three examples to show that we must love the Lord with our whole being. Everything that’s in us must be devoted to loving and worshiping God. He is worthy of all our praise and devotion.

Action Steps: Work on showing God your love for him in new ways today. Try something you’ve never tried before. Get out of your comfort zone. If you are a quiet introvert, burst out in song and words to express how you feel about him. If you are allowed, the center of the party, sit in silence before him and wait to hear his words. Mix it up a little.

Lord God, I bring my whole person to you today. How can I serve you? What will put a smile on your face? I don’t express my love for you enough. I make decisions, speak and act according to your Word to show how much I love you.

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