This is the fourth 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”

Loving the Lord with all our strength is the final way Jesus himself commands us to love Him.

1 John 3:18 Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth.

To love the Lord with all our strength means to love him “exceedingly,” “richly”, “lavishly”, with reckless abandon out of simple devotion.

In more practical terms it means we are to love Him 100%.  To go all-out. To give it your best shot. If we fall down, to pick ourselves back up and keep going forward. To love Him with all our might.

Loving Him with all our strength is to love with our resources, our abilities and our time. To fully love Him with what we find our hands to do, our eyes to see, our ears to hear, our feet to go, and our mouths to speak.

1. Love Him with what we find our hands to do.

We are to serve the Lord diligently, being His hands extended in our world. We love Him by giving a cup of cold water to those in need (Matt. 10:42). By feeding the poor. By laying hands on the sick. By lifting our hands in worship. By playing an instrument. By writing an article. By working with excellence. The list can go on and on. Our hands serve a major purpose in loving God with all our strength.

2. Love Him with our eyes and what they see.

The eyes are the gateway to the heart. We are made to gaze on His beauty (Ps. 27:4), to fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith (Heb. 12:2). Our eyes come in contact with so much during the day yet we love Him well when we see what pleases Him. We become what we behold.

3. Love Him with ears to hear.

Jesus said many times, “If anyone has ears to hear, let him hear.” Kind of a funny statement but a powerful one. What He is saying is listen to be transformed. Listen to be changed. Listen for more than information, listen but to gain revelation. When we gain access to His voice we are loving Him well.  Listen to others share their story; hear their thoughts and hear their pain.  Walk away from gossip, slander, backbiting, and negative discussions  These are all part of loving Him with all our strength.

4. Love Him with feet to go.

Where our feet take us on the journey in life says a lot about how we love the Lord. Jesus laid it out when he said to “go and make disciples”(Matt. 28:19). The great commission is all about going. When we go and serve, go to church, go to a friend in need, go the extra mile, we are loving Him with all our strength. Be led by the Spirit and let Him lead you into amazing places and divine opportunities.

5. Love Him with our mouth to speak.

May the words we say bring glory to the Lord. When we edify, encourage, comfort, honor, support, and bring life (Prov. 18:21) to others we create access for them to discover God’s kindness. We get to love HIm by declaring praise and worship to the Lord. Also, when we boldly share our faith with others (Eph. 6:19) and bring them into a relationship with God and when we instruct, coach, and counsel others, it all counts in loving the Lord with all our strength.

What a privilege we have to love the Lord with all our might, with a reckless abandon expressed in a sold out life.

I think of Psalm 84:2 where the writer lays out his heart’s cry: “my heart and flesh out for the living God”. The New Testament equivalent is found here in Mark 12:30, to love Him with all our heart, mind, soul and strength.

Let’s love Him well!

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35 Comments

  1. Derrick Koon Jul 30, 2011 at 11:19 am

    Wow, this is a great reminder of the gaps in our lives. No one would have this strength unless we soak in His presence and powered by His anointing. This is a supernatural order that could only be accomplished when the Holy Spirit truly possess and powers us

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    1. Greg Jul 30, 2011 at 1:58 pm

      Derrick, so true. If we are not connected to the Lord then this will be impossible. That’s why this anchored in the first commandment. To Love God with all our strength is to be connected like the branch to the vine (John 15: 7,8). The Holy Spirit gives us the power to actually do it! Thanks for sharing.

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      1. Wendi Aug 1, 2011 at 9:11 pm

        Another great post!
        for me #3 and 5 are what the Lord has been challenging me on. thanks for the reminder 😉

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        1. Greg Aug 1, 2011 at 9:45 pm

          I think you are doing good with each of them… 🙂

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          1. Michelle "Mitch" Genetia Jul 19, 2012 at 1:05 pm

            Thank You for the clear and concise explanation of God’s Word! God Bless you more! GLORY TO GOD! 😀

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            1. Greg Simas Jul 19, 2012 at 4:26 pm

              Mitch, thanks for your comment. I pray that this post will encourage you in your journey! 🙂

            2. Jason Oct 4, 2012 at 8:13 pm

              I was doing a study on this passage to minister on. I discovered this blog and was blown away by it. You did an incredible job. I almost preached it word for word. You put it so clearly and eloquently I couldn’t find much to add.

            3. Greg Oct 4, 2012 at 9:02 pm

              Thanks, Jason. I love this comment! I’m so glad I had the chance to equip you — then have you equip others. Cool. This is one of the many reasons why I blog. If you read this comment, let me know how things went. Blessings!

  2. Michelle "Mitch" Genetia Jul 19, 2012 at 1:05 pm

    Thank You for the clear and concise explanation of God’s Word! God Bless you more! GLORY TO GOD! 😀

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    1. Greg Simas Jul 19, 2012 at 4:26 pm

      Mitch, thanks for your comment. I pray that this post will encourage you in your journey! 🙂

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  3. nelly Nov 28, 2013 at 10:57 am

    Hi,
    Just stumbled on your blog… And this posts are so good… Thanx and God bless you

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    1. Greg Simas Nov 28, 2013 at 9:24 pm

      Thanks for the kind words Nelly.

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  4. kwame Dec 12, 2013 at 5:44 am

    Thanks for your wonderful explanation, am indeed blessed so I just also want to say My GOD of heaven and earth bless you more and watch over you and your family. Once again be bless.

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    1. Greg Simas Dec 12, 2013 at 6:55 am

      Hi Kwame. I receive it! 🙂

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  5. Phylis Wanjau Jun 26, 2014 at 8:45 pm

    Hello Pst. Greg Simas, These are amazing posts! I have been reading these from Tuesday and today the last post on Mark 12:30, loving the Lord with all my strength. I have been inspired and challenged to love the Lord more than I did.Thank you.

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    1. Greg Simas Jun 26, 2014 at 8:47 pm

      Thanks Again, Phylis. Always great to know that my posts are blessings others!

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  6. Jonathan Jun 29, 2014 at 5:58 am

    In Luke 10:27, strength isn’t last though, but mind and loving our neighbour.

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  7. Julian Primmett Jan 15, 2015 at 1:15 am

    Thank you for these posts! I needed to read these. God bless!

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    1. Greg Simas Jan 15, 2015 at 6:46 am

      You are entirely welcome, Julian!

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  8. leonard Feb 22, 2015 at 1:17 am

    It’s good to see how to learn to apply gods word and not just hear the verses only.

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  9. Kevin Dec 28, 2015 at 12:27 am

    God is ineffable, unknowable, unapproachable. How can physical beings ‘love’ a non-physical being? You speak of obeying & worshipping – yes possibly but loving? So far I have found no one living or dead no writer or philosopher who can explain this relationship if there is a relationship. We are 3-dimensional creatures but G-d is non-dimensional and the gulf between is just too great – beyond our comprehension

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    1. Greg Simas Feb 1, 2016 at 11:08 pm

      Hi Kevin. Sorry for the delay in getting back to you. January was a log jam for me. Obviously, we cannot get into a lengthy discussion here in this blog post space but here is what I can offer you. Your first sentence is heartbreaking because truth is, I have experienced God’s love and His presence and you can too. He alone as filled me, changed me and delivered me. And he offers you the same. Truth is love transcends knowledge, it’s greater than. We can spin circles and have a somewhat intellectual discussion about God but it’s better if you just meet Him for yourself. I would encourage you do so. 🙂 Blessings.

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  10. Nick Harmon Feb 17, 2016 at 10:13 am

    Good word! These simple insights and applications offer comprehensible Godward traction.

    Nick @ knxshn.org

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    1. Greg Simas Feb 25, 2016 at 5:22 pm

      Hi Nick. Thanks for the kind words!

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  11. john Apr 1, 2016 at 11:03 am

    Thanks for the blog on loving God. Thorough. It convinced me to subscribe to someone that i will view objectively.

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  12. Rose Wade Aug 15, 2016 at 1:55 pm

    I enjoyed your whole series on the “greatest commandment” Jesus gave us. It helped me to understand what Jesus expects from each part of us ……. heart, mind, soul, and strength. Looking forward to receiving your emails.

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    1. Greg Simas Aug 15, 2016 at 3:37 pm

      I’m sure glad the series helped you! Thanks for the kind words.

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  13. Arrie Dec 2, 2016 at 3:29 pm

    Thank you for describing the greatest commandment, each part one by one, simply yet with detail. I was blessed. Thank you!

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    1. Greg Simas Dec 2, 2016 at 5:02 pm

      Hi, Arrie. You are entirely welcome! Thanks for the kind words.

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  14. Vhee Cabanting Jan 31, 2017 at 11:48 am

    Hi Greg, I found your teachings so powerful. If its ok with you, can I use them for our church? Thank God for there are servants of the Living God like you who shares the revelations they received from Him that helps other servants like me who needed help.
    God bless you, your family and your ministry more than you all deserve.

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    1. Greg Simas Feb 1, 2017 at 5:36 am

      Hi, Vhee. Thank you for the nice words! You most certainly can use the teachings. May God bless you and the church you attend and serve in. Blessings!

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  15. Dickens Feb 2, 2017 at 2:10 am

    gREAT teachings,its a blessing to have people write articles like this.God bless you.Can I use this for our church group discussion?

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    1. Greg Simas Feb 2, 2017 at 5:49 am

      Thanks, Dickens. Sure thing, you can totally use the teachings for your church group. Be blessed.

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