Love the Lord with all your Mind

How to Love God With All Your Mind

This is the third in a series on how we are commanded to love God with all of our heart, soul, mind and strength. These four ways need to be understood in order to love the Lord well.

Mark 12:30 “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength”

The renewed mind plays a vital role in loving Jesus. The Lord said that if we are ever going to understand the Kingdom our minds need to be constantly renewed (Matt. 4:17). In Romans 12:2 Paul states that a major part of being transformed into the image and likeness of Jesus must require our minds being renewed. It’ a big deal.

Let’s look at the mind. The language of the mind is images. Often our mind is an ongoing movie screen that provides pictures and words that are endless. So much of our life is lived in our minds because we can never turn our minds off. We find ourselves constantly seeing images being played for us or holding a conversation in our mind. Sometimes all at the same time.

The Lord created us this way for ceaseless communion with Him. It is the continual reality and stream of our life. When our body sleeps our mind stays active dreaming through the night.

To love God with all our mind is a supernatural possibility. Though the mind is never meant to rule the heart it can be used to affectionately love the Lord. As our mind is renewed the Holy Spirit releases supernatural activity to love Jesus more.

Here are four unique ways to love the Lord with our minds.

 1. Reason

Isaiah 1:18 “Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD:”

To reason is to think, understand and form judgments by a process of logic. I believe that part of loving God with all our mind is loving him logically. For guys like me this is a relief. I enjoy strategic thinking and order. God has given this as a gift.

I must note though, that reason should never trump revelation. The mind is the learner not the leader. The heart is the leader. Many times the heart receives from the Lord first and  the mind cannot make sense of it, at least initially.  Eventually the mind catches up with what the heart received.

When we prize reason over revelation we have a God made in our own image and likeness. Faith in many ways goes beyond reason. It looks to the impossible and trusts in the All-Knowing God.

Yet reason is powerful. We can systematically and logically look at the ways God has intersected our lives and give Him praise.

 2. Knowledge

Heb. 10:16 “This is the covenant I will make with them after that time, says the Lord. I will put my laws in their hearts, and I will write them on their minds.”

To love God with all our mind involves taking time to fill our mind with God’s Word and to rightly agree with who He is. When we grow in truth we gain knowledge.

A. W. Tozer once said, “What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us.”

When we come into agreement with God it awakens love in us. Love itself includes great depths of knowledge. Loving God is continually refueled when the mind encounters truth over and over.

Knowing truth and loving God are deeply connected. Jesus is the Truth. As our mind grows in the knowledge of Jesus we are liberated to love Him more.

 3. Memory

Isaiah 63:7 “I will tell of the kindnesses of the LORD, the deeds for which he is to be praised, according to all the LORD has done for us.”

The Bible is filled with commands to remember. Memories lead to gratefulness and worship. When we use our minds to remember His kindness, faithfulness, patience, peace etc. we build a foundation of faith, hope and love. We are loving God with our remembrance.

For some, we cannot forget the negative events of the past because the past has a voice. We must triumph over it with truth. Don’t allow your past to freeze you but rather lead you into the depths of God’s love. Our thinking about the past can affect us positively by remembering the truth about God’s goodness toward us in forgiving, delivering and providing for us.

 4. Imagination

Psa. 8:3 “When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have ordained;”

Isa. 55:8 “My thoughts are completely different from yours,” says the LORD. “And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine.”

God has given the mind the power to imagine. Some call it dreaming big dreams. Some say get a “picture” of your future. While others say if you can see it, you can be it. Imagination sees, creates and thinks outside the box.

In our imagination heavens thoughts can come to us and be captured. With our imagination we actually can extend our knowledge to explore the possibilities we have in God in all areas of our lives. This releases love which is anchored in faith.

We have the mind of Christ. Let’s love Him with it!

Phil. 4:8  “And now, dear brothers and sisters, let me say one more thing as I close this letter. Fix your thoughts on what is true and honorable and right. Think about things that are pure and lovely and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.”

Your Turn:  Why do you think Jesus made sure the mind was a big part of loving the Lord? 

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  1. this is good to think on.  i especially like that tozer quote – wow! – makes me really want to think rightly about God and line up my thoughts with truth.  i think this area of loving God can be the hardest for us because it is so hidden… we will never really know what is happening on the inside until the day He reveals all that is hidden.  i hope to have my mind renewed so on that day i am not ashamed of the meditations of my mind but justified by them.  taking each thought captive is a verse i think of often along with the one you quoted from philippians.  i also think the point of using our memories to remember what He has done for us can be transforming and strengthen our faith for what He will do as we encounter the trials of life.

    my recent post: how to dig deep into the Word

    1. Excellent points, Charis. If Tozers quote is right, and I think it is, then how we view God defines every componant of our Christian lives. Our mind is a gift from God.  We have the mind of Christ, not yet in its fulness, but we have the ability to think like God. A crazy thought ;-) 

    2. We begin by asking a question, What was God thinking about when He said Be still and know that I am God? Was He trying to get us to act like a baby being rocked in it’s mothers arms? My experience with rocking a small child has been a beautiful experience that I don’t like to relinquish, I rock and rock and rock until I hurt all over but still continue even though I am hurting sometimes badly, This is a beautiful experience, could this be what God was thinking when He spoke those words, “Be still and know that I am God? There the baby is, in most cases, asleep and has nothing to input for the moment. Yet I am still thrilled with this experience, even though the baby is out of the picture and It is a one sided event. When I sought of God for answer to an old, old question, like the one posted here, How can I love You? the answer came back rather quickly, let Me love you first and you can bond to Me while I love you, After thinking that over for a moment I realized that, that certainly had merit because Jesus said “If you can’t love those you can see and feel, how can you love Him you can not see and feel?
      From that we can surmise it would be different than loving another Human being.
      When we are saved,we are just like a newborn Baby with no love to give because the .baby has nothing to draw from, it is new, and so are we,when born again, but if we present ourselves to God to allow Him to love us, over time we will “Bond ” to him and as we draw closer and closer to Him we begin to receive His attributes, or become more like Him. This is how we love God. And the attributes we receive are the proof that we do indeed love Him.

      1. Hello Walt. Many of us are so busy that we do not allow time for God to love us. We rush in with our prayer requests and our trafficked mind and don’t give the space needed to have Him love us fully. Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

  2. I’m learning the meaning of what it is to have a renewed mind. Part of it has to do with my thought patterns and yes, some may need to be held captive. The other part has to do with my perspective on who God is, how He thinks and feels about me and the kingdom as the one true reality. Once I get a hold of that…this world fades away and truth can settle in. I totally agree…’to be constantly renewed…and…being transformed into the image and likeness of Jesus ….’ Yes! More of you Lord, and less of me. So I can love You with all my mind! ~Selah!

  3. This is such an important aspect of loving God. It’s probably one of the hardest for me though, as I am constantly binding my mind to the mind of Christ. I cannot love God with my mind, if I have a hard time believing what my mind is receiving. I have to filter so much out of my mind in order to full receive the truth. I am definately working at this area.

    1. This leads to a good question. Do we believe with the heart or with the mind or both? So many struggle with receiving God’s truth through the filter of the mind. Is it asking the Lord to free us from the strongholds in our minds? I pray you get more and more breakthrough in the future. ;-)

  4. I love coming here, it always makes me think.

    I have always believed that since we are born into the flesh we have flesh centered minds. Once we become Christians are born into Jesus Christ we need to renew our minds with the Word of God and with what concerns Him. I believe our hearts can be fooled so we need a mind sharp in God’s word to be discerning of what revelations our hearts receive.

    A rule in our house is if it is not good for a child to watch, read or look at, then it is not good for an adult. Another rule is know that Jesus is with you 24/7 do you think He approves of what you are putting into your mind?

    I also believe our mind is very powerful. Just look at the Buddhist monks and how they have mind over body. If we love Jesus with our mind we end up giving Him control over thoughts which ends up as submission of our will to His will.

    Wow! I could go on and on for this only gets deeper.

    Thanks for this post! Wonderful!
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    1. The Word is the plumb-line, it’s important to keep the balance. I wish I had more room to explain how the heart and the mind work hand in hand. But it looks like that will have to be a whole separate post. :-) I enjoyed reading your comment. Good stuff!!

  5. WOW! how i’ve always thought of how to loving the Lord with all my mind. Oh i’m so sorry that i’ve been sinning against my Lord in this area by allowing many different images both good and bad to pass through my mind.
    Now the challenge to me is how to keep my mind free of bad thoughts and bad imaginations. thank God that the heart is the leader and not the mind cos if it were the mind, then i can’t imagin what could have become of me. At times i imagine that if this person before me could see what passes through my mind about him, i’ll just be the worst person one can imagine. Oh!! that the Lord Jesus will help me keep my mind pure.

    1. Solomon, If I take and really apply Philippians 4:8 to my life, I find myself growing in love with all my mind. Guarding what we see and what we hear helps us as well. Remember, we are GROWING TO love God with our all our minds. We are a work in progress. Though I exhort you to go after this 100%, dont’ let it condemn you if you make mistakes. God is a loving Father who is always cheering us on in our love for Him.

  6. Hi Greg,

    I just finished reading all four blogs in your series “How To Love God.” I found you by doing a search on “what does it look like to love God with all your heart” and I was very relieved to find your blog. It is so well organized. I really like how you divided this into the 4 parts the way you did. God’s wisdom for sure, to help minds like mine that need things spelled out, understand more clearly.

    You’re question: “Why do you think Jesus made sure the mind was a big part of loving the Lord?”

    I don’t know how to answer this question. I really don’t know how to love with my mind. Which is why I think I’m having such a hard time grasping the whole concept of loving God with all my heart, soul, strength and mind. I still don’t understand how to actually DO it in my own life. Applying the Word to my own life has always been difficult for me.

    1. Thanks for the kind words Lisa. I’m glad that you can find the posts easily.

      Just the comment you posted here is in a round about way, loving God with your mind. You are processing, thinking, trying to grasp how to do something. You are wrestling with truths and Biblical concepts. This process will lead to greater revelation and understanding by the Holy Spirit. Your mind is engaging with God as you wrote your comment.

      I am just trying to say that sometimes we make things more difficult then what they really are. When you think about the Lord or marvel at his creation or read the Bible, all these are examples of loving Him with your mind. You are doing good, Lisa. God is with you! Thanks for sharing. ;)

  7. I just enjoyed reading this post i can wait to read how to love Godwith all your heart, soul, and strength. I must say where your treasure is, is where your mind is. If we are who we think then let us think of God this way, the devil can never attack our minds. God bless you

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