How to Love God with All Your Heart

We don’t want to live passive lives but long for it to be filled with fascination. We want our hearts to be consumed, to be apprehended. God knows this. He has put this desire in every person. Think about the many things people sink their time and energy into, from hobbies and interests to relationships.

People are looking for things to captivate them and bring a sense of fulfillment.  It’s interesting that, when Jesus lays out the most important commandment for mankind, He starts with loving the Lord with ALL of your heart and then continues on down the short list.

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.’

I would think that if we are told to love the Lord with all our hearts that we ought to pursue it’s meaning.  What does that mean to love God with all our hearts and how do we go about doing it? These are huge questions that need to be clearly answered.

1. RECOGNIZE THAT OUR AFFECTIONS DETERMINE OUR DEVOTION

First, let’s determine what the heart is all about. The arena of the heart contains powerful emotions, affections and desires. Our affections are deep currents that steer our lives. Think of them as a rudder of a ship that literally directs it.

To determine where our affections lie, we have to discern what occupies our time, what motivates our actions, and what shapes our aspirations and their rewards. Affections wait to be captured. They long to cling to someone or something. Wherever these affections are found so our hearts will be.

2. UNDERSTAND THAT OUR AFFECTIONS FOLLOW WHAT WE TREASURE

The devotion of our hearts is determined by wherever we find value as our greatest treasure.

Matt. 6:21 “For where your treasure is, there your heart will also be.”

Read this again slowly. “Where your treasure is…your heart will be.” I would suggest memorizing this short phrase. Jesus just gave us the answer on how to love God with all our hearts. The heart loves what it treasures! We have to seek a great treasure, and when we discover it, love (the result of our affections) follows. Ironic, isn’t it? The treasure comes first, and the heart comes second.

Matt. 13:44 “The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then, in his joy, went and sold all he had and bought that field.”

In order for the heart to love Jesus completely, it has to treasure Him supremely. Our affections are the outcome of what we treasure. When we truly encounter the Lord in His glory and worth, loving Him with all our hearts will be the end result.

3. AIM TO MAKE JESUS YOUR GREATEST TREASURE

For the Apostle Paul, Jesus was THE treasure of his life. The loss of everything else was nothing compared to gaining Christ.

Phil. 3:8 “What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus, my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them rubbish, that I may gain Christ.”

Eph. 3:8 “…this grace was given me: to preach to the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ”

Here is a picture of a man who found a treasure that exceeds all others – Jesus. Nothing else comes close! The glory of Jesus is so amazing and so satisfying that once discovered, all else pales in comparison. When we divert our attention away from the Lord, our love will begin to grow cold. It’s that simple.

A lethargic church can be traced back to hearts that have misplaced affections. The greatest  treasure is no longer Christ but something or someone else.

4. SPEND TIME WITH THE LORD AND LET HIS LIGHT SHINE IN YOUR HEART

2 Cor. 4:6-7 For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ.  But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.

Only through the persistent gaze on the face of the Lord and His glory do the streams of light pierce our hearts with the same power and force that keep the Seraphim consumed before His throne (Rev. 4:8).

START NOW – INITIAL STEPS TO CONSIDER

  1. We have to decide to pursue Him. Just pray it to the Lord: “Jesus, I long for You to be my ultimate treasure. Help me and give me power to do so!”  Pray this often through out the day.
  2. Start with the Bible. Open it and search out what it says about the glory of who Jesus is and what He has done.  If you don’t know where to start, just go to the Gospels.
  3. Make adjustments. What is it you are going to do daily that will allow you to grow into this reality? Write it down. Schedule it.
  4. Be with Him.  He delights in you. He wants to be with you and reveal Himself to you. He enjoys you! Set time aside to be with Him only.

Before You Go…

Question: How valuable do you see this simple truth? How important is this to our foundation to the Christian life? What has the Lord taught you about loving Him with all your heart?

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9 years ago

“Be with Him. He delights in you. He wants to be with you and reveal Himself to you. He enjoys you! Set time aside to be with Him only.”

Such wonderful words!

Also I love the title “My One Pursuit”. The phrase is stuck in my mind, just saying it brings out such devotion. Very inspired.

At http://www.howtolovegod.org is a free book draft that relates some methods to help one make loving God a habit, the best habit to indulge in!

William Scofield
10 years ago

Thanks PG. 🙂  I’ve never had an unnecessary reminder to intentionally set Him as the treasure of my life.  You could post on this subject every day, and it would still be the most important thing I would hear that day.  Thanks, man.  

10 years ago

Bill, I am with you all the way. So true!!

Shirley
8 years ago
Reply to  Greg Simas

Loved your article. Because of the upcoming election I looked up this subject. I just heard that Franklin Graham was voting for Romney because of his stand on major issues of today like abortion and gay rights. His father, Billy Graham said we should vote our FAITH. And I agree with Billy. But voting for the god that Mormons believe in is not voting my faith. I know I fail many times in keeping this commandment and I don’t get a chance to love God in many ways. I feel that voting for Romney would grieve God. Loving the lord… Read more »

10 years ago

Bill have Charis make you a gravator. She knows what to do. http://tentblogger.com/gravatar/ just in case she needs to know how to grab one. Takes a few minutes. 🙂

So glad you’re jumping in!

Exactly!, Scofield, thanks @greg now a day, I think not everyone love god with all his/her heart.. as if most us are believing him that’s all because that’s believing god and worshiping them keep coming from decades, and these are the key point which I loved and over-warmed by after reading that will surely will help many in loving god without any will but only as his lover! 🙂

Thanks again!

Cindy Aguilar
10 years ago

Hi PG, Great article (as usual) 🙂  I have learned that for me that each day I set my affections and attention on one pursuit to know Him more, that is when I fall in love deeper and deeper with Jesus! I am on a great journey of learning how to love and be loved!  

10 years ago
Reply to  Cindy Aguilar

Thanks, Cindy. What a journey it is! Like you said — affections and attention — go together. A must. I join you in the Pursuit.

Anonymous
10 years ago

My comment crashed on my iphone this morning…bummer because it was better than the comment I’m about to make. When He has all your heart, you can hear from Him all the time, anywhere! When He has all access, we have all access. Our relationship is not just a devotion time…it’s in the car, on the job, wherever and whenever. Nothing like communion with the Lord ALL DAY LONG!

10 years ago
Reply to  Anonymous

PD…Now that is Total Access. Affection brings Connection. No crashed iphones to spoil things. Maybe what happened to you with the iphone was prophetic to make the point. Man, the HUGE benefits of pursuing and treasuring Christ above all things! 

5 years ago
Reply to  Greg Simas

for me JESUS is my all in all only to think about HIM i just fall in love with him. I always think about HIM also in the night

Wendi4him
10 years ago

 Great reminder! It’s my lifelong goal to set my face as flint (used to express how hard and unyielding something or someone is) in the direction of HIM who sits on the Throne! So thankful to have been given this gift of hunger to dig deep into the fullness of GOD!
Great Post!
Keeping my eyes fixed on Jesus!!! 🙂

10 years ago
Reply to  Wendi4him

I love the phrase “this gift of hunger”. I think Misty E sings about it. It takes God to love God. He initiates because he loved us first and love always gives. So cool to be in pursuit and running together! 

Ben Woodward
10 years ago

Sometimes I read something from Ps Greg Simas and I realize again how smart he is!
I love the idea of discovering firstly what our treasure is and then allow it to lead us. It could lead us to discover how cluttered our treasure room is! Maybe it’s time to clean our the storehouse and make a little extra room for the Lord.
No, forget that… Clear it all out and let him have it all right?!

10 years ago
Reply to  Ben Woodward

Ben…you made it over and landed a great comment. I would love to see you here more often! No pressure 😉  Love what you said, “discover the treasure and let it lead us” Sweet! And you’re right, we have to much in the treasure room. Hope to see you consistently. Grace! 

Grab an Gravatar so we can see you and hyperlink to your blog. http://tentblogger.com/gravatar/ just in case you need to know how to grab one. Takes a few minutes. 🙂

Anonymous
10 years ago

Thanks again PG!  This simple truth is worth it all.  I wasn’t brought into this growing up, I am thankful that this message is coming out from some great preachers and teachers.  I know it is NOT heard enough!  He has taught me that each day is a new day.  Even if I get off track or mess up I don’t have to start all over again.  He is always there waiting for me, even my weakest attempts capture His heart. 

10 years ago
Reply to  Anonymous

Sometimes simplicity gets lost in clutter and loses it’s voice. We have to continually keep it in front of us. And you are right, the Lord is always waiting with joy. I think He smiles often. 🙂

Godpraise60
10 years ago

My son recently shared with the true meaning of “blessed”. It is sharing in the deep joy and completeness that is just part of being divine. In other words God wants us to experience what he feels. This comes from loving God with all our heart. This is part of the treasure we have in Christ.

10 years ago
Reply to  Godpraise60

I love that! I often ask the Lord what’s on His heart. What is He thinking. Experiencing the depth of His emotions is such a great place to be. Thanks! Hope you come by regularly 🙂  

Mchang101
10 years ago

Hi pastor! I’m praying for the ‘increasing zeal to be in the presence of God,’ for only Him can satisfy the hunger in my heart. Thank you:))

10 years ago
Reply to  Mchang101

Yes and Amen! Increase our passion! 

10 years ago

great post. I was reminded of the misty chorus, ‘there’s a war on the inside, it’s the arena to demonstrate my love for you’. our best we give Him is what no one else sees. good stuff!

10 years ago
Reply to  Gina Hyatt

I like that song by Misty. Good quote at the end. You should push up a blog post on it. I have always said that if you are the Lords in private you will have little problem being the Lords in public. Leadership is an inside job. We have to lead ourselves, first. 😉

10 years ago

i am like bill, it doesn’t matter how many times i hear it and how many blogs i read about it, or how many times the Holy Spirit reminds me of it, i always always am in need of the encouragement to pursue loving Him with all my heart.  it makes me feel alive.  i love that He is patient with our weak love and yet gives us more grace continually to grow in our love for Him.  this is the one thing i want to achieve and be able to offer Him when i stand before Him – all… Read more »

10 years ago
Reply to  charis

Great life goal as you stand before the Lord. This is such a growing reality in me and the rest of our team at cHOP. There is nothing higher than the First Commandment =) 

John C
9 years ago

Thank you; helping me understand how to live for God with all my heart; partly to treasure Him.

Luisito Vallespin
9 years ago

Thank you very much…… I am really very blessed with what you have shared about loving God with all of our hearts and the rest. It minister to me so much. In fact, I love sharing it in our Sunday School. God bless you more!!!

9 years ago

Very
informative and helpful. I was searching for this information but there are
very limited resources. Thank you for providing this information
 

Pastor Mack Sabayle
9 years ago

Thanks Greg for your insights. It really helped me in my sermon preparation. I’m currently preaching on Mark 12:28-31. God bless you more.

9 years ago

Thanks Mark. I am sure you will preach an amazing message! if you get this comment…let me know what city and state you are ministering in. Blessings!

Erika
9 years ago

very good- thanks so much

9 years ago
Reply to  Erika

You are welcome. Thanks for sharing.

agnes
9 years ago

awesome! just make me set my treasures right.. get me back on the track. thanks be to God for people like you. please keep postings:-D

9 years ago

I was shocked to read the Lord delight in me? Tell me more what scriptures?
All I know from the scriptures is we are to delight in him ?

pam
8 years ago

Jesus told us how to love him, John 14:15, 1 John 5:3, Matthew 22:36-40 Love is an action. By the way (Shirley) Hate is the opposite of Love, GOD is Love (1 John 4:8). If one hates one is void of love which is GOD, one by default is void of GOD….just a thought. > written with love, Pam

Ekan Udoh
8 years ago

Thank you Pastor for this post. I love it.

9 years ago

Thank you so much for your effort posting this article. I love reading this and I’m pretty sure that it will help me make a wonderful output. God bless!

9 years ago
Reply to  Teamkeldyn

You are totally welcome!

Em
8 years ago

Yes this is a great post. Very easy to understand. Love the 4 initial steps may God help me to follow them and find more of him.

8 years ago
Reply to  Em

Hello Em. You are going to do amazing. God is with you and for you! Thanks taking time to comment on the blog. Blessing and Favor to you!

[…] 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 in order to love God […]

Rasika Perera
7 years ago

Greg,Can you help me to walk with jesus ?

7 years ago
Reply to  Rasika Perera

Hello Rasika. Are you connected to a local church? What are you from?

7 years ago

That’s great. I would encourage you to really plug in there. My posts here on the blog can certainly help and encourage you…but I always feel it best to be in a local church, that you love and can find growth in.

I revised my question above — are you from the United States (if so, what state?) or are you from another country?

Dara
7 years ago

Thanks so much for this! I’ve been a christian since I was little and lately I’ve been wondering if I actually “love” God. I do believe in Him and follow God’s commands, but “loving” Him is something different… I’ve been having trouble sleeping because I’ve kept thinking about it and it has made me extremely anxious for countless nights. I want to love God but you can’t just decide to “love”, it’s not something you decide, it’s something you feel through your heart. It’s the first time I visit this website and I really feel like this is going to… Read more »

DJ Benjamin
7 years ago

Hello Pastor Greg, Thanks for this message. I was deeply concerned about the lack of renewal in my life and the motives behind my prayer and life in general. I am so shocked that I really did not care whether Jesus was my all in all. I made a commitment and decided to focus on Him only and draw satisfaction and security from Him only. And I wanted to just hear somebody else explain this verse “Love the Lord with all your ……”. I am so glad I clicked on the links from Google and came to your website. Your… Read more »

7 years ago

Pastor Greg, thank you for sharing this, as this is a topic I am thinking for some time now, what actually does it mean to love our God with all our heart, mind, soul and strength? When we put God first all else will follow, and I want that for my life to be true. One thing that is also very interesting to me is that He says to love him first, and after that comes to love others as ourselves. To me it seems we cannot even love ourselves and others properly if we do not love God first.… Read more »

Stacy T
7 years ago

Exactly what I needed today. Thank you.

Alan
7 years ago

Hey man, good words. Found this by googling “heart all in with Jesus” and you were the top post. Funny thing is at first had tried “heart all in with God” and there’s nothing. . .try it. Heart is hungry for God today, for the real deal. “My soul thirsts for God, for the living God, when shall I come appear before God?” Your words are good for direction. . . so hungry for the reality.

Alan
7 years ago
Reply to  Greg Simas

Using a pad. . .results same as before. Glad I made it to your post.

6 years ago
Reply to  Alan

i am 29 yrs old and learning from my Bible how to learn and improve my love for God

7 years ago

This is great PG, my heart is thirsty for the Lord. I greatly thank God i came across this. It’s timely!

kwabena
7 years ago

my love for God has grown cold for months. The things of God never excites me again.I have been pursuing my own agenda. I live in fear cos I know and feel am miles away from God. I have tried several times to return to my first love(GOD) but failed. After reading your message I said to my self that this is what I hv been looking for to get back on track. my prayer is God please help me to treasure u most with all my heart soul n mind. Am so happy after reading this. God bless you… Read more »

Trisha
6 years ago

Is it possible to get baptized and holy spirit filled and never Jesus your treasure? I think I have turned full blast yrs ago in the opposite direction and SUFFERING. Sincerely, I need Jesus to be my treasure as I am not happy, satisfied or content and have not been for yrs. I don’t care if it will be a fight. I need help. Pray? Fast? meditate? Read the word, praise? I need to breakout and past on asap. My soul feel fragmented and weighed down. I am afraid I have played myself. I am single female and 39 when… Read more »

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Takia
6 years ago

Wow! I’ve never had this topic really made practical…at least not that I remember. Thank you and may God continue to give you the strength, grace and passion to continue with His message.

randy
6 years ago

Has anyone ever been able to do that in the history of man other than Jesus since the fall of Adam?

MrM1
6 years ago

I cannot say enough how the reminder of this aimple truth has refocused my heart today. Thanks for your faithfulness.

DeAndre
5 years ago

Beautiful article!…….I appreciate the “START NOW – INITIAL STEPS TO CONSIDER.”

Alex
5 years ago

Hi Greg

While I was browsing about this topic in the internet, i bumped at this one. Its so amazing and i am very much thrilled and follow this.. This message was a great blessing and was enlightening..
Thank you brother
In christ
Alex

Helen
5 years ago

Just like Greg I too was researching the subject and came across your article. Through prayer and much wrestling God has graciously revealed to me how I am NOT loving him. Your article reaffirm’s that knowledge and offers insight and sound bible advice for those of us who seek change.

God bless and thank you.

njapal
5 years ago

Hi, I feel so much love for God that I imagine how great his child I could be…yet I fail to create time for him. There times I feel like praying is the least on my schedules.. I love him and believe that to him all comparisons stand pale. I need more of your inspiring articles.

5 years ago

I want to follow the greatest commandments to love the lord my God with all my heart, mind , soul and strength. but I am struggling.searching in the Google to learn how to apply in my life.Thank to get this article.I need to go with you and teach me to grow.

Nicolene
5 years ago

Wow, not only is the message beautiful but it is NOT compromising on the trueth. I am set free.

Linneth sithole
5 years ago

I have gained a lot in this article making Jesus my treasure wow

Sarah edigold
5 years ago

Hey thank you so much. I have been trying to study how to keep the greatest commandment and your blog has helped me. Please continue doing God’s work and may Jesus bless you & keep you safe.

PASTOR SMITH
5 years ago

This help me well thank you God and pastor.

5 years ago

I’m pst sammy maina from kenya I thank you so much for those powerful teaching. When will you come to kenya?

4 years ago

I try to love Jesus with all my heart.But I just dont know how to do it.I know his love is unconditional.But I get confused.Please show me how to love him.

Todd
4 years ago

Pastor, thank you so much for this teaching! I was looking for something that went really deep on this verse.

Adebayo Adeyemi
4 years ago

Please pastor!!! mastubation has taken away the Love of God from my life. how can I regain it?

Kevin Darcy
4 years ago

You do the usual thing -talk about ‘God’ and then flip to the man, Jesus. The truth is no one can love God since the concept is non-human, non-dimensional, outside of time/space. It is not a Being but something totally beyond human thought & comprehension. It is outside the Universe even the Galaxies. It does not obey the laws of physics. I can love a person (easy) an animal, a place, a tree! even an emotion. But how can I love a non-material non-object which we can only describe in terms of negativity e.g God is not…? To say “God… Read more »

Gilbert - INDIA
4 years ago

Dear Pastor , An article written 6 yrs back helping people even today shows how you ministry is guided by the Holy Spirit. God bless your work.

Ann
4 years ago

Hi Greg, Thank you for sharing I believe what you’ve written as I once used to experience this. I fell away from the lord a decade & a half ago. I have struggled to find my way back since that time. My problem is self. I am struggling to let go of myself. I keep trying to restart with the Lord & feel I get stuck. Fear of surrendering all again. I hate this place. I wish I could just surrender my all & find the rest I need, every time I get close to it. Fears floods my whole… Read more »

Ann
4 years ago
Reply to  Greg Simas

Thank you for the words of encouragement. Some many people have given me examples like this in the past. It sounds so easy but every time I keep making the effort to spend time & get back on track with the Lord. Something happens that drags me right back to the prison chains. I’ll try to read consistently & think upon scriptures but by the time the morning comes my old minds back in play & this is the constant tug of war I find myself in! I’m tired!! I will continue to keep on trying in the hope one… Read more »

Ailokpede Aruna Abu
3 years ago

Who I am so blessed with your analysis of loving God. Thank you Sir

Janeen
3 years ago

This was a beautiful post. I pray a lot to love God with all my heart, soul, and mind. I struggle with this. Please pray for me. Thank you

Olabisi SEGUN EMMANUEL
3 years ago

Am so much helped and blessed through your write-up sir. God bless you awesomely

Serena
1 year ago

This is really encouraging and insightful! Thank God and thank you so much for this amazing article.

Zephania Jonathan mfangavo
9 months ago

Thank for your encouraging words. God bless you

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