Pursuing God

How to Love God With All Your Strength

How to Love God with All Your Strength

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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Greg is the Founder and Senior Leader of Convergence House of Prayer, Husband, Father, Pastor and Writer. He is married to his wife Wendi, and have three amazing children and four grandchildren. Greg lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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  1. 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

    1. 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    1. Thanks for the kind words Nelly.

  4. 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.

    1. Hi Kwame. I receive it! 🙂

  5. 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.

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

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

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

    1. You are entirely welcome, Julian!

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

  9. 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

    1. 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.

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

    Nick @ knxshn.org

    1. Hi Nick. Thanks for the kind words!

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

    1. I’m glad, John.

  12. 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.

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

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

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

  14. 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.

    1. 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!

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

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

  16. my husband is blind, we have Sunday school lessons every Sunday morning. the scriptures lesson deut. 6:5kjv. I often confess verses in matthew and luke. But might may me ponder, I know might is strength, but I needed to know. came across you website. Than you for being a blessing to us on God’s word. The lesson was foundation for a Godly family.

    1. Thank you! My prayers are with you and your family.

  17. Thanks for the article. I’ve been looking for a practical explanation on Deut 6:5. And this is the best one I’ve seen. We need more Christian teachings like this–which will help Believers grow. Too much of it is either ‘airy-fairy’ or dry and theological.

    1. Hi Veronica. Thank you for your kind words. Favor and Blessings to you!

  18. Thank you for showing me the steps necessary to love God on His terms and not mine.

    1. Hi, Kim. Glad the article was beneficial. What I’m learning these days is found in Romans 5:5, the Holy Spirit pours the Fathers love into our hearts. When we ask the Holy Spirit to do this, then it’s much more simple to love God on His terms, because He is pouring His love into our hearts. We are filled with His love to love Him in return in every area of our lives. Much blessings to you.

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