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How to Love God with All Your Soul

This entry is part 3 of 4 in the series How to Love God

Luke 10:27 “He answered: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind…’”

How do you love the Lord with all your soul? This is a huge question. We need to know the answer to this because it is one of the four things Jesus said we need to do to love God completely.

We love the Lord with all our soul by living a life of faithfulness to all that the Lord has required of us. While loving the Lord with all our heart has to do with affection, loving the Lord with all our soul has to do with devotion.

The soul is the part of us that defines who we are. The essence of the biblical definition of the soul means life, personality, the inner self and our identity. It’s where we make our decisions and choices that ultimately decide our lifestyle and behavior. Think of the soul as the “core you.”

To love the Lord with all your soul means to love Him in the way we live, in the choices we make, and in the behavior and lifestyle we adopt.

Here are three predominant ways to love God with all our soul:

 1. Love the Lord with all your soul by making godly choices.

Our lives are the sum of the choices we make. Plain and simple. Our choices show what we are committed to, and they reflect our core values, defining us and displaying our lifestyle before the world.

We do what we value. If we treasure our relationship with the Lord, our choices will simply mirror the treasure. Choices flow from what we treasure most.

Ask yourself: How do I spend my money? What do I do with my time? What kinds of things do I read? What programs do I watch? What do I do for entertainment? Where do I go for relaxation? What things give comfort in difficult times? What kind of friends do I have?

All of these result in choices that demonstrate whether we love God with all our soul.

 2. Love the Lord with all your soul by pursuing obedience to His Word.

 John 14:15 “If you love me, you will obey what I command”

Love must be demonstrated. When we keep His commandments, when we live by every Word that proceeds from the mouth of God, we are tangibly expressing our love for the Lord.

I’ve been happily married for over 31 years. In those 31 years, I have made decisions based on love that I did not feel like making, but I did it anyways. I am obedient to the covenant that I made over 31 years ago to love unconditionally whether I feel like it or not.

That’s why this second part of the First Commandment is vital. Sometimes we are not going to feel like loving God, but we do it out of love for God, nonetheless. In the Kingdom, obedience usually comes first and feelings second.

 3. Love the Lord with all your soul by pursuing a life of humility in attitudes and speech.

Embracing humility is the stage where we can express our love to the Lord. Jesus taught us how to love from a place of meekness, serving us unto death.

 “Meekness is power and privilege under control. It speaks of restraint in the use of power except to promote love. Meekness is not to be confused with weakness which is the absence of strength.” Mike Bickle

This meekness is expressed most dynamically in our attitudes and speech. What we say and how we say it enhances or quenches our ability to love the Lord by the power of the Spirit. Wrong speech will ultimately affect our spiritual lives and work against our love for the Lord.

 Matthew 12:34 “For out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks.”

 Proverbs 18:21 “The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.”

When Jesus is our Great Treasure, our affections are captured. This is how we love God with all of our heart.

When our affections are captured, then choices become god-centered, and a lifestyle of humility and godliness is born. This is loving God with all your soul.

Your Turn: Have you ever thought about loving God with all your soul? Is this still a weird concept? Is there anything you would like to add to this post that would further help others love God with all their souls? What’s been your experience in this?

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Greg Simas

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85 thoughts on “How to Love God with All Your Soul”

  1. solid… good teaching in my opinion… I agree & appreciate this word/time to reinforce our commitment to our God… thank you.

  2. I like it. We are described in 4 parts and 3 parts. When 4 heart may = spirit, mind = intellect, soul = emotions. That’s my view.

  3. One thing that comes to mind for me is that by loving God with all of my being means that in all things he takes first priority. Although it take time, God desires for us to be in constant relationship with him. This doesn’t only mean an occasional prayer or devotion to him, but a lifestyle where we recognize his lordship in our life, that he is always with us and that we are living for him alone.

    1. Jeff, First. Welcome to My One Pursuit. Thanks for sharing. Secondly, I agree with what you have said. I always want to live with a continual connection and awareness of God. (John 15 Abiding in the Vine) choosing Him above all things! 

    2. I agree that a personal relationship with Him is a must. I love to journal my prayers to God, thoughts I have and problems I’m having and asking for His wisdom, love and giving Him thanks and glory. I find that during my journal I find myself writing His answers to my questions..it is loving and beautiful to see and hear from Him.

      1. Hello Mary. Love what you are doing with your journal. I would love to be able to do this one day. I use my journal mainly for recording events and thoughts. Maybe I will do it someday with my prayers. I believe writing creates a clarity around prayer that we cannot gain through speaking them. Well done!

        1. I love hearing Mary and your answer, that’s the way God speaks to me. I consider myself taking dictation from the very mouth of God as the Holy Spirit guides not only my mind, but my hand as well. It is different because of the clarity and how profound every word is. Then you can look at it to give you hope and inspiration whenever you need it. It also may serve to help others in their own time of need, when they see how God speaks to you. Praise God for this gift He gives us and the clarity with which he presents it to us.

          1. Hello Tom, Thanks for sharing your thoughts here. May the Lord continue to bless you as you continue to hear His voice and encounter Him.

            1. Greg. Amen i said to your teaching. I recently accepted Jesus /God as my father and savior. Also, I was baptized in the water . I have been following God’s commandments it is hard I must say from to time. I go to my place of worship everyday because I truly want to receive the Holy Spirit. I repent of all my sins. I ask and ask to be filled with the Holy Spirit. But I have not and I am willing to give ME to GOD. I’m ready…

            2. Hi Paula. Thanks for sharing here on the blog. If I understand you correctly you have received the Lord and are actively pursuing the baptism of the Holy Spirit. The Bible teaches that the baptism of the Holy Spirit is a gift. Gifts cannot be earned but sought out after. The only thing I would encourage you to is to ask the Holy Spirit if there would be anything that could be blocking you from receiving the gift. Maybe it’s unforgiveness etc. If something does come to mind than ask for forgiveness and move on. If not simply keep pursuing. Secondly, I would encourage you to have a friend, leader or Pastor come along side of you and help you pray.

  4. Thank you for sharing your heart, they have been a source of proper nutrition for the inner most man…or lady…tee-hee.

  5. blessed be the name of the LORD for daily He loads us with benefits, the GOD of our salvation. I stand firm in the LORD and will never fear no evil….the blessings of the LORD is always upon us and being GOD, HE is GOD and HE has called us to be his children, in truth. I thank the LORD for bringing me to such websites. everyone shall be taught of the LORD, and we shall remain faithful in tears and groans of the inside man. there is no other place I will turn ma heart except Godward. I thank everyone who hs committed their time to come to this place, may the grace of God always abound in your lives. May we all strive tooth and nail to subdue sinfulness and be pure, run the race to the end, unto the coming of the LORD to bring us into the LIGHT of GOD. thank you sons of GOD, may you all be protected and be blessed in the LORD.AMEN

    1. Thank you Adam for the blessing you have place among us all in your prayer. God Bless and keep you always safe in the Fathers hand where Jesus has place you so no one may snatch you. To all Christians everywhere, be strong in the Lord and the power of His might.

  6. Thanks for sharing this, Greg. Recently the Lord has been leading me to go back to basics and take apart some of these core verses. Part of that is taking the time to identify the definition of heart, soul, mind and strength. Thank you for your Biblical and plain english definitions. You have helped me along my way in pursuing obedience. God Bless You. 🙂

    1. Sonya, so glad that I have a place in your journey. May you continue to search Him out and may rich revelation come to you!

  7. Just wanted to say thanks for this post. It’s older now, but I was researching how to love God with all my soul for a discipleship series I’m writing and it was really helpful. Thanks!

    1. Dave, I’m glad the post helped you out. Pretty awesome that you are writing a discipleship series. We need them.

      Thanks for sharing and may the favor of the Lord rest on the series you are creating. 😉

  8. HI Greg

    Thank you for sharing your message with us. I stumbled across this with a series of google searches as I was studying love. I read love God with all …. and love your neighbour … and my question became: Ok! I must love God and my neighbour, but what does that look like? In the words of Foreigner, “I wanna know what love is …” Then not only what does it look like to love God, how do I do it?
    Going through this message on how to love God is really insightful and I thank you for it.
    Chris

    1. Hey Chris, love that song by Foreigner. 🙂 Take a good hard look in 1 Corinthians 13:4-7. There is no clearer definition of love then what is found there. This is the launching pad.

      I love your quest as you are searching things out. The Lord is going to reward you with great revelation and understanding that can be applied practically. I encourage you to keep going! Thanks for sharing. 😉

  9. Thank you for explaining what it means to love God with all your soul. Now I can start practicing it in my life.

  10. It’s inspiring to be refreshed with the words of God…. To Love God in thoughts, in words and in deeds….

  11. Greg,

    Thank you so much for these posts. They have enlightened me and helped me understand more about loving God the way He deserves.

    Also, I hope you don’t mind, but I am using these same concepts and teaching them to my youth group! Last week I used heart, and they really responded!

    God Bless you and this blog!

    1. Hello Nate. Awesome how God is using this series of Posts to encourage and bless you and your youth group! Hey, I don’t mind at all if you use the concept and teachings with your youth group. It would be great if you could report back to me and to let me know how things go.

  12. Thanks Greg! I’ll be happy to. Like I said, they really responded to the heart! Our church “motto” I guess you could call it, is “Loving God in Front of People, Loving people in front of God.” We’ve seen such a huge growth lately in teenagers, I wanted to teach on what that means. I really got a lot out of this post and thought our teens would too! Thanks again!

    1. Hello Nate. I like the motto of the church. Good stuff.

      Blessings and favor as you move through the teaching and may there be great increase!

  13. Well I agree with the rest of the answers of the commentators and I think that the Word of God should be explain line upon line and precept upon precept.

  14. Thank you so much for this!! Today in church we were talking about this and i was really confused. I kind of understood that it meant getting rid of any boundaries ive created that comes between me and God, but i didnt want to admit it since there were things that I didnt want to give up. This post really helped break the subject down for me and helped me realize that ive definitely been putting God second in my life. Thanks again! Im only 14 but ive been trying to find a way to have an intimare relationship with God.

    1. Hello Kayla. I love your pursuit of the Lord and that you jumped onto a blog post and shared your journey here in the comment area. I really appreciate that you shared! God has great plans for you as you continue to pursing Him, keeping the Lord #1 in your life.

  15. I am literally a christian who isnt born again but embarking on a fast and by virtue if my research i ended up on this page and these teachings have been so inspirational and life transforming… I experienced Godly sorrow as i listened to whitney Houston alongside reading this… I have been blessed… I thank the Lord for that

    1. Thanks, Robert. I really don’t fully understanding what you might be trying to say in your comment but I really appreciate the kind words! I’m thankful that you are being blessed by the teachings!

  16. This wonderful revelation. I thank God for you,PG. I was looking for this and it has come. Timely!!! I desire to be more intimate with the Lord.

  17. Am richly blessed by the Lord’s given wisdoms to you, enabling you to explain His word for more visions and understanding. God bless you.

  18. I bless God For the privilege to come in contact with you and God given inspiration that clarify me and equally put me back on track in loving God by attitude and thinking.thank you very much.more Grace

  19. Hi Greg,
    For years I have been struggling, profusely, with homosexuality. I am a believer and I love CHRIST / GOD with all my heart, nonetheless, my sexuality remains a thorn in my flesh and it is something that I have not and, apparently, cannot defeat in my own might. Just curious whether I can apply the teachings you discussed with having this struggle or does my condition exclude me from reaching GOD? Thanks and please pray for me.

    1. Hi Kevin. First, thanks for your honesty, I appreciate that. Hard to answer this question in a mere comment but I would suppose I can offer a few things

    2. God is never out of reach when we are in a major life struggle. What’s important is to recognize our sinful tendencies AND keep our hearts in full disclosure with the Lord. To turn away from the Lord in shame is to turn away from the very Source of our deliverance.
    3. Much of the homosexuality people face stems from a deeper spiritual issue. I would suggest getting some Inner Healing such as Sozo or Heartsync.
    4. Don’t fight this alone. Connect to accountability with someone who you know can help you.
    5. To directly answer your question, yes, you can apply all of what I discussed here!

  20. Thank you for sharing God’s word. May these words find place in the hearts of those who read them.God continue to bless you

  21. Linda on September 9,2015 1:15 pm doing some research on the soul not really understanding it, not fully understanding what the soul really was, searching website to give me a better understanding for two days some, to deep for me, some was ok, one site I copy the information I felt comfortable with .But your information feed me good, gave me a better understanding of my soul.I copy the information so I can read over.

  22. Thank you very much for your advise
    It makes it easier to understand
    At the last Church service our minister
    Put this scripture up and I wanted that deeper understanding
    Although I had emotional damage to over come and confess that I needed
    The Holy Spirits help and his grace alot
    To transform my old ways of doing things
    Although I had made many mistakes
    On how I was handling things under stress in an aggressive manna
    With pride and arrogance which I deeply am sorry for now and thank Jesus for forgiving me and helping me to deal with things in a different way
    The resistance to react and respond in a
    Negative way has caused pain for me and relationships and The Lord took me to this place where I knew I needed his help to be meek and humble
    It is and continues to be painful in doing that especially when I’m hurt afraid or see things I can’t change
    Instead of becoming very frustrated with myself and others by the grace of God and remembering its only because of his sacrafice to me that I am saved helps me to turn to him him more now on a regular
    Basis for help in humility
    Being still and waiting on Gods help
    Really quite a my soul and spending time I. His word helps to sustain me
    It’s an ongoing journey and I have gone through much trial and tribulations and although painful some of this pain is helping to break my pride
    The weariness of fighting in the flesh
    Bought me to this place to want to
    Love and be all I can be in him by his grace.
    The word I noticed spoken out as many times a day as possible is a start to healing
    Faith comes by hearing the word
    And as we speak his words aloud from our mouths that’s what helps to go into our soul
    I know I need the Holy Spirit every day
    To help me in self control in the weaknesses I have
    I would like prayer in saying that often I have turned to food or material things
    Or something that makes me feel good to overcome the psi but now I am starting to understand that only Jesus satisfys
    That its his comfort and reassurance
    And his strength for the battles I fight every day that will help
    And the word not only obeyed but rooted deep in our hearts helps us to become like him so thanks for prayers and thanks to all the others here that have encouraged me especially the bit that Mary suggested about journaling
    Yours on Christ Jesus

    1. Christine. Thank you for your honest assessment and feedback. The road to growth, and especially our growth in God is best realized when we understand our own motives, weakness and shortcomings. In the midst of these, learning that Jesus is our best friend and the one who sticks closer than a brother is everything. I appreciate you sharing the journey that you are on and how Jesus is making such a huge impact in your life. Keep going! Your words are inspiring me!!

  23. Thank you for this wonderful and thought provoking teaching on one of the pillars of Scripture. When you speak of devotion to God by the choices we make and the life we lead that sums it up for me. When you think of soul mates there exists a closeness and devotion to one another that is unmistakable. When we truly appreciate the fact that our soul was created for relationship with Him through Christ we love God with all of our soul.

  24. Thank you for your piece. It really gives a deeper understanding of our Father’s words to us – examples of what it looks like in the every day life of a Christian. Now, for the living part. I pray for the Holy Spirit’s guidance and strength.

  25. Thank you Greg for putting things into perspective. Honestly I never really understood what it truly meant to love God with all my soul. Thank you again for breaking it down. May God continue to bless you with wisdom and knowledge!

    1. Hi Jenny. Sorry for such a long delay. January was a bit of a log jam for me.

      I’m so glad that this helped you. Believe it or not this post is in response to gaining understanding, for myself, on how to love God with all your soul. So glad this helped you as it did me. 😉

  26. Just discovered your site here with lessons. Lovin’ it all! Will use in my counseling for ‘homework’ if that’s ok with you. Sometimes it helps clients to have ‘homework’ to do in between sessions – plus it can help get different perspectives. And it can be a great segway into starting any following session!
    I’m certainly keeping your credit as author – not changing content at all; and don’t intend to sell it or anything like that! 🙂
    Just really good stuff worth sharing! Blessings!!!

  27. Hi Greg.

    I was asking God to help me to love Him with all that is with in me and it came to me like this, “I choose to love Him” God has given me the power to choose, whether it be to love Him, pray to Him, obey Him etc.

    I thought, has anyone ever asked that question? Thank you for sharing this with us, it sure helped me.

    Casey

    1. Hi Casey. For love to really be love, it has to include choice. Freedom to choose to love God is foundation to freewill. For instance, I can make a person do many things but I can never make a person love me. So by choosing to love God (praying, obeying etc) we are saying, in essence, that we do love God. Hope that makes sense. 🙂

  28. How can I learn to love God if I struggle with addiction? Every time I try to stay sober it only works for a while and then I fail, therefore, I must not love God. If I did, wouldn’t obeying His commands and being obedient be easy? How can I surrender all if I feel I have done it already but my behavior does not reflect that? I struggle with accepting His love so how can I love Him?

    1. Hi Vanessa, There is a lot here. First, God loves you no matter what you do. His love is constant. Moving through an addiction never cancels God’s love for you and our “love” and “reach” for the Lord. Continue to ask the Lord for help. Secondly, I think you really need some personal intervention from a trained Christian counselor, pastor and/or mature believer in the church who have an anointing for these things. Do you attend a local church? Are you asking several believers to help you? Are you considering a Christian based detox center? These are just a few things worth considering. I’m praying for you.

  29. Hi Pastor Greg. This article is full of wisdom and love. I am so blessed when I read it. It makes you love God with all your soul! Praise the Lord! I hope one day I will share it in our Bible study for the glory of God.

  30. Hi Pastor Greg! Your article is beautifu! It help us to love God with all our soul. Praise the Lord for giving you wisdom and love. May the Lord guide you always in your writing. To God be the glory!

  31. wow , this is powerful . you are such a great teacher. May the spirit of the Lord continue to reveal more that we may continue to learn

  32. Yea…. Thanks alots, but i’d like know on these statement; “the greatest among you shall be thy servant” matt23:11

    1. Favor and promotion are given to the ones who serve. This world system teaches that we ascend to greatness but in the Kingdom, we descend to greatness. Jesus had the anointing without measure and the Bible tells that he (Jesus) was the servant of all.

  33. Thank you for this reminder of how to love our Lord.
    It’s really something how the answers are right there in the Bible! The basic teachings of Christ are the answers to many problems.
    Thank you.

    1. Hi, Teri. You are SO right. As we devote ourselves to reading His Word, we’ll discover many solutions for what we are going through now and pick up principles on how to handle things that come our way in the future. Blessings!

  34. Great teaching Pastor Greg. It is very easy to become careless in the choices we make in our daily lives and how they affect our worship.

    Blessings to you,

    Rick

  35. I love your blog. Got me to thinking. Loving God with all your soul is not a weird concept. It’s difficult to understand the full extent of how to wrap your whole being in all His love and power. I get small glimpses of what that means and how it feels. It’s hard to put into words. But in those moments I get it. I just wish I could hold onto those moments forever – it’s awesome. It’s a total immersion of my whole being with His. It’s like walking in lockstep with all that is good and right, relinquishing all anxiety, worry and fear. All that exists in those moments is total trust and reliance/faith in Him. The beauty of this is no matter the circumstance or situation I’m going through- good or bad – I don’t worry because I know God is handling it in His own way and time and everything will be OK.
    This takes time to learn and develop. It’s true what you wrote; it’s a learning process of making godly choices, studying the Word and obeying it daily (moment by moment) and pursuing a life of humility. Our experience on earth is not about us and achieving all the things we strive for (running around like chickens with our heads cut off – like we often do) and accumulating stuff. Our time here is about our relationship with the One who created us. It’s about letting go our egos and self and allowing God to live/work through us. That takes humility to realize we are not in control, but in unison with the One who is. Humility doesn’t mean we lose our identify, we actually gain it. We will become a better version of ourselves – our true selves in Christ. Thank you again for your blog!!!

    1. Hi Anna. You did some good preaching in this comment! :). I agree with your thoughts and conclusions. Let’s continue to love the Lord wholeheartedly! Thanks for taking the time to share your thoughts!

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