How to Love God With All Your Mind

Love the Lord 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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10 years ago

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.

10 years ago

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… Read more »

10 years ago

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… Read more »

10 years ago
Reply to  charis

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 😉 

8 years ago
Reply to  charis

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… Read more »

~Amber
10 years ago

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!

Stella
5 years ago
Reply to  ~Amber

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… Read more »

10 years ago

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!

Demetres Blackman
5 years ago
Reply to  Greg Simas

Matt. 4:17 Doesn’t say anything about renewed minds. It says Jesus preached “Repent for the Kingdom is near.

Chris
9 years ago

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

9 years ago

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… Read more »

Lisa Radice
8 years ago

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… Read more »

Lisa Radice
8 years ago
Reply to  Greg Simas

I get that 🙂 Thanks! God bless you!

8 years ago

Hi Humble Heart. Thanks so much… 🙂

linnet
7 years ago

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

Jed
7 years ago

Mentoring sir, if God permits You.

Trisha
7 years ago

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… Read more »

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angeles
6 years ago

It helps me a lot in changing myself and I can also use this in spreading the Words of God

6 years ago

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

Shiko
6 years ago

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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Abram Makubung
6 years ago

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

Patrick W
5 years ago

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… Read more »

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Zach
5 years ago

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… Read more »

Latisha
5 years ago

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!!!

Lynneee
5 years ago

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

J. S. Marquis
5 years ago

“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?

Crystal
5 years ago

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).

Patty
4 years ago

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!!

Esther Elijah
2 years ago

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!

5 months ago

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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