How to Love God with All Your Soul

How to love God with all your soul

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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Frank
10 years ago

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

10 years ago
Reply to  Frank

Thanks Frank…always good to be reminded about our commitment to the Lord.

Caleb
10 years ago

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.

10 years ago
Reply to  Caleb

Thanks Caleb. 

10 years ago

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.

10 years ago
Reply to  Jeff Logue

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! 

mary
8 years ago
Reply to  Jeff Logue

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.

tom
8 years ago
Reply to  Greg Simas

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… Read more »

Paula
7 years ago
Reply to  Greg Simas

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…

Daniel
2 years ago
Reply to  tom

Tom, do you mean to say that you are writing new Scripture for the canon? Please consider, it seems like your style of inspiration is even more direct than the way the writers of Scripture were inspired. That is common in the occult, but is not Christianity.

Amber Shallenberger
10 years ago

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

10 years ago

Thanks for the encouragement. Glad these posts are a source of strength for you. 

Adam
8 years ago

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… Read more »

tom
8 years ago
Reply to  Adam

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.

SonyaJill
8 years ago

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. 🙂

Dave
8 years ago

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!

Mtatikas
8 years ago

The message is powerful.now am enlightened to know how to love God with all my soul.God bls u

Chris Burdett
8 years ago

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… Read more »

Chidinma Okonkwo
8 years ago

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

Mamita M. Celestino
8 years ago

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

Nate
8 years ago

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!

Nate
8 years ago

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!

Dr. Harace Minniefield Jr
8 years ago

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.

Kayla
8 years ago

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… Read more »

8 years ago
Reply to  Kayla

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.

robert antwi nuamah
7 years ago

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

Phylis Wanjau
7 years ago

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.

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Jecinta
6 years ago

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.

Emilia
6 years ago

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

Kevin
6 years ago

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.

merle
6 years ago

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

linda
6 years ago

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.

Christine
6 years ago

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… Read more »

Randy
5 years ago

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.

Pamela
5 years ago

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.

Jenny
5 years ago

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!

Tam
5 years ago

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!!!

Mr Casey de Lyster
5 years ago

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

Vanessa
4 years ago

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?

MKONG CYNTHIA JEH
4 years ago

HELLO.I LOVE THE DISCUSSIONS.CAN I JOIN THE FORUM?

Nijoro
4 years ago

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.

Fe
4 years ago

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!

Martin Chimbwabwa
4 years ago

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

Gregory
4 years ago

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

Teri
4 years ago

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.

Silver Lawrence
4 years ago

Thanks Greg :
It’s awesome reading this words. God bless you so much sir

Rick
4 years ago

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

4 years ago

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… Read more »

SteveO
4 years ago

Thanks pastor I’m a born again Aussie christian

lolo
4 years ago

God Bless you soooooooooooooo much for this post, I always need to come upon something like, to constantly being reminded about putting his will first, regardless of my conditions

Danny
3 years ago

Hello Greg,

What do you think putting God first looks like in everyday life? How specifically do you think we accomplish this?

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Deb
5 months ago

These are such great points! I would also include striving to know God. If your spouse wrote you a letter, you would certainly read it, if not because you care what they have to say, at least because you know it would be terrible for your relationship if you didn’t. Yet so many Christians don’t touch their Bibles. I wrote some thoughts on this topic at https://debpreston.com/what-does-it-mean-to-love-god/ if you’d like to check it out!

Garrett Hager
2 months ago

Great thoughts! I really appreciate your insight.

Joseph
2 months ago

I was praying over this for a while and thank God for helping me understand

choices!!!
making them as per God’s word
so that it impacts us and others as God intends

Thank you for sharing. May God bless you with more and more insight

Fred
1 month ago

Great help in developing understanding “soul”

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