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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 requires 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, says 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; rather, let it 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 that 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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  • 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

    • 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 😉 

    • 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.

      • 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.

  • 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!

    • I have considered myself a born again Christian for about four years. I really want to find answers about the memory and knowledge sections in this post. I have a dissociative problem (I get amnesia about events, or, most frequently, I remember an event that happened but I can’t remember the feelings or emotions connected to that experience.) Something happened in my life that caused my brain to not be able to hold onto too many things, so I also have an issue with short-term memory (as in, I read through this thoroughly, but I couldn’t recall anything until I reread some parts.) This makes it difficult for me to remember things I learned or felt about God. I try to “encounter truth over and over.” But I guess I read too much of the Bible at once or something, because even though I meditate and pray over the text for understanding, my brain cannot always fully grasp or remember the knowledge, but of course my God is gracious and I do remember many things I have learned. So I don’t really have a good understanding of Gid’s character, ehich is dangerous. I love Him because He loves me, but besides knowing that He is good and He is Love, the Bible seems to present to me a God who is constantly acting in different ways, even though I know He never changes. Thinking of Jesus and thinking of God make me feel two different ways usually, which is wrong because They are the same so I should feel the same way toward Them and have the same attitude toward Him in whichever context He is (Jesus or God or the Holy Spirit.) I know that They are exactly the same and never changing, so why can’t I just believe that and think of Them in the correct way? I almost always think of them as separate Persons instead of One. But why? I don’t want to, and I fast and pray for that, so why? So remembering and knowledge is a struggle for me, because I can’t have knowledge if I don’t remember what I learned. I mean, through prayer and fasting I’m sure I will overcome because God wants me to get better, but I thought maybe you had some comforting words of encouragement or help? Thank you! 🙂

      • Hi Stella. From your comment I see you are an intellegent and smart person. 🙂 Your questions are not all that uncommon. God is three persons in one, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Think of water, it can be a liquid, a solid and steam.

        Pertaining to reading the Bible, alway’s remember that (I believe) your spirit takes in and retains what your mind might not. So be encouraged that when you read the Word you spirit can recieve what your mind is having a hard time with. So keep reading the Bible and declare that you have a “sound” mind (2 Timothy 1:7). Declarations align us with God’s Will and Word.

  • Love it PG! The mind keeps us in continual communion when are minds are renewed. Great Word. I’m one of those strategic order guys that can appreciate it!

  • 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.

    • 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. 😉

  • 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!

    • 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!!

  • I stumbled across this post- I love it! I’m blessed to have read it. Thanking God for your service!

  • 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.

    • 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.

  • 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.

    • 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. 😉

  • 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

  • Really, I am having a hard time. I am irritated and know it is my heart and love for God first. Even though we are told not to love this world, I need to learn to love God and myself first then family. Is this truly possible? I can tell I am not seeing clearly and my soul is in need as a wrote earlier. Please help me. Yes, I have done the chase of the world, the material, the men, attitude and emotions but now this all has been a total waste of time and devotion. Idol worship. I can have peace and love, the life God wants for me. I said I would fight Greg.

    • Trisha. I think you’ve made the decision to abandon yourself to the Lord as your number one priority, this is good! Anytime we make a decision adjustments must be made. So I think the next question for you is HOW will you go about making these changes. WHAT are you going to do today that moves you closer to how you are feeling. We sometimes feel trapped because we make a decision regarding a direction but struggle with just how to do it. Trisha, God is with you and he is stirring your heart for Him! This is such a GOOD thing! Can you find someone you can be accountable to? A friend or family member. This might help.

  • Hello brother Greg. So tonight as I contemplated writing a sermon on the 4 parts of loving God based on Matthew , Mark, and Luke. When I came across your page a pleasant surprise ! You have laid it all out for me. It has been a delight and insightful to read the wonderful material you have gathered and eloquently pieced together. I think I have found a new home for better learning with your site. Thank you ….Shilom

    • Hi Andrew. Thanks for the kind words and I’m excited that the material you’ve come across here is helping prep for your message. Preach it with passion, it’s a message that needs to be declared!

  • Thank you for the teaching on loving God with our hearts, soul, mind and strength. I have now understood how to love God with my soul and mind in a much better way than before. It is simple and the examles makes it easy to understand. God bless you.

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    I found Greg’s teaching on faith inspiring and helping one grow in faith.

  • Hey Greg, Thanks for this whole series on God’s Greatest commandment… Got really into discovering what comes first in my life and the core of all my decisions; came to the conclusion that everyday I must choose to fight with all I have for control of my mind. I have been reading further into this; How to win everyday broken down into: Clearly Define the Battle Objective, Know Who I am Fighting, What are the Enemies Strategies, What are the Enemies Weaknesses, What are My Strengths, How Do I Defend, How Do I Attack, and Knowing WHY I am Fighting to begin with to Develop Resolve. This has really been helping since I know that the Battle is Won and Lost in the Mind, and I have been doing a lot of research into the role of the Mind, Soul, and Heart So I can further understand and delight in the ways and Knowledge of the Truth as well as Formulate the Best Plan to put into action. As Andrew has previously Remarked as well As Lisa this has helped tremendously Thanks and God Bless you Greg.

    • Well thought out, Patrick. Just one note of encouragement. Personally, I would keep my mind anchored in heaven and learn to live from there instead of first trying to discover the ways and strategies of the enemy. When the Lord is my continual focus I’ve discovered much of the warfare takes care of itself. 🙂

  • I like most of what is written here but I have to point out that reason and logic, understanding and knowledge are all processed in the mind. I would like to see how you define “heart” as you use the term here. Here are some of the things I found that seemed a bit mystical and vague:

    “I must note though, that reason should never trump revelation.” I think this is too vague as if to imply that true revelation which is knowledge and truth is somehow opposed to reason and logic. When our understanding is enlightened our reasoning is also enlightened by truth.

    “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.”

    This doesn’t quite make any sense. How is our ‘hearts’ leading anything? Doesn’t the bible say that he who trusts in his own heart is a fool? Shouldn’t the Truth lead us, should it not? Our minds needs to understand the thing otherwise how do we know what it is that is revealed? Can you give an example?

    “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.”

    So are you saying that revelation is not reasonable? I think this is too vague of a description of reason and revelation. Are you saying that someone who ignores scripture (revelation) is creating a god in their own image? What other revelations are you referring to other than what’s in scripture?

    Other than those things, I appreciate your teaching on loving God with all the mind and would like further clarification. Thank you.

    • Hi Zach, lot’s of questions here. 🙂 I’m glad your processing what I’ve said. This is good. Let me say that there are some things God requires from us that exceed our thinking (logic), I believe this is where faith is born. Moses and the Red sea and Peter being told to walk on water are just a few. The Lord asks His people to do some things that flat-out don’t make sense, it exceeds logic but it’s nonetheless God and He requires us to be obedient. This is why he told us to love him with all (heart, mind, soul and strength), each aspect of loving God is vitally important. Hope this helps. (sorry this is so late).

  • Thank you so much for these nice tips. I am definitely on the search of looking, for any help that would help me to become closer to God. This helped also “Thanks again, keep on motivating!!!

  • Hi – just stumbled upon this post – am currently battling mind issues possibly devil intervention correction is devil intervention – I need to consume my mind with the love of Christ – it is a battle and very real for me at the moment – your post has in a way clarified this for me! Cheers

  • “Though the mind is never meant to rule the heart it can be used to affectionately love the Lord.” I questioned this statement in light of both Jewish and Greek understanding of the relationship between heart and mind. Jewish tradition teaches that the heart is the seat for the mind, the mind being above it anatomy wise. You seem to advocate in the sentence I quoted two things; firs that loving God is mainly an emotional matter, and two that emotions are primary over logic. I m reading you correctly?

    • Hi JS, Yes, I believe the heart carries the capacity to receive depths of revelation that our minds don’t fully comprehend. Though I’m a full advocate of logic, I don’t need to fully understand something that my heart is receiving from the Lord. Faith is born from this reality. Hebrews 11:3 says, “By faith we understand”. There are things God puts in our hearts that we can fully comprehend but then there are things He puts in our hearts that actually defy logic. So yes, loving God carries feelings and emotion. Is it the primary thing?, no, choosing to love God is. Ultimately, loving God is an act of our will that is empowered by the Holy Spirit and this proceeds both emotion and logic. I suppose I’ll answer the second question with a question. Which is most important the left wing of the airplane or the right. Well assuming everything else is intact, you need both to fly. I believe emotion (affection) and logic (thinking) are both vital and interchangeable in our relationship with the Lord. Hope this helps!

  • I think that it’s because sin is first conceived in our mind. We think about it and then we do it. However, if we are loving God with our mind, then we will take every thought captive to the obedience of Christ (2 Cor. 10:5).

  • I’ve been asking God how to “love Him with all our heart, soul, mind & strength. What’s that look like on Monday morning, in a personal & intimate way for me? Great word here Pastor Greg! Thank you!!

  • I am very blessed to read this sharing. I found answers to my questions and It opens my eyes to loot at my mind and how I use it to love God with. I comment that this sharing brings breakthrough to love God with all our minds. Thank you Pastor. Continue share ! It helps!

  • We need to ensure our exercises and our perspectives line up with what satisfies God as a matter of first importance. Any place we concentrate the most will turn into the main impetus in our lives.


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