โ€œ๐—ช๐—ฒ ๐—น๐—ผ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ ๐—ฏ๐—ฒ๐—ฐ๐—ฎ๐˜‚๐˜€๐—ฒ ๐—›๐—ฒ ๐—ณ๐—ถ๐—ฟ๐˜€๐˜ ๐—น๐—ผ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ๐—ฑ ๐˜‚๐˜€.โ€ ๐Ÿญ ๐—๐—ผ๐—ต๐—ป ๐Ÿฐ:๐Ÿญ๐Ÿต

The Bible commands us to love God, โ€œYou shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mightโ€ (Deuteronomy 6:5). This is the greatest commandment that Jesus pointed out to the Pharisees (Matthew 22:34-38).ย 

๐™๐™ง๐™ช๐™š ๐™ก๐™ค๐™ซ๐™š ๐™›๐™ค๐™ง ๐™‚๐™ค๐™™ ๐™ž๐™จ ๐™– ๐™จ๐™ช๐™ฅ๐™ง๐™š๐™ข๐™š ๐™ก๐™ค๐™ซ๐™š, ๐™–๐™จ ๐™ž๐™ฉ ๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™ซ๐™ค๐™ก๐™ซ๐™š๐™จ ๐™ก๐™ค๐™ซ๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™œ ๐™‚๐™ค๐™™ ๐™ฌ๐™ž๐™ฉ๐™ ๐™ค๐™ช๐™ง ๐™š๐™ซ๐™š๐™ง๐™ฎ๐™ฉ๐™๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™œ – โ€œwith all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.โ€ It is whole-hearted and life-encompassing.

This may sound too lofty and humanly unattainable, but โ€œWe love because God first loved usโ€ (1 John 4:19). Loving God with our everything is made possible by the sacrificial death of Jesus Christ that gave way to Godโ€™s love being poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us (Romans 5:5). ๐™๐™ง๐™ช๐™š ๐™ก๐™ค๐™ซ๐™š ๐™š๐™ข๐™–๐™ฃ๐™–๐™ฉ๐™š๐™จ ๐™›๐™ง๐™ค๐™ข ๐™‚๐™ค๐™™, โ€œ๐™›๐™ค๐™ง ๐™ก๐™ค๐™ซ๐™š ๐™ž๐™จ ๐™›๐™ง๐™ค๐™ข ๐™‚๐™ค๐™™โ€ (1 ๐™…๐™ค๐™๐™ฃ 4:7). ๐˜ผ ๐™ก๐™ค๐™ซ๐™š ๐™ฉ๐™๐™–๐™ฉ ๐™ž๐™จ ๐™ฃ๐™ค๐™ฉ ๐™–๐™ฃ๐™˜๐™๐™ค๐™ง๐™š๐™™ ๐™ค๐™ฃ ๐™‚๐™ค๐™™ ๐™˜๐™–๐™ฃ๐™ฃ๐™ค๐™ฉ ๐™—๐™š ๐™œ๐™š๐™ฃ๐™ช๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™š ๐™ก๐™ค๐™ซ๐™š.

๐™๐™ง๐™ช๐™š ๐™ก๐™ค๐™ซ๐™š ๐™›๐™ค๐™ง ๐™‚๐™ค๐™™ ๐™ช๐™ฃ๐™ž๐™ฉ๐™š๐™จ ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š ๐™œ๐™ก๐™ค๐™ง๐™ฎ ๐™ค๐™› ๐™‚๐™ค๐™™ ๐™–๐™ฃ๐™™ ๐™ค๐™ช๐™ง ๐™Ÿ๐™ค๐™ฎ โ€“ these are not mutually exclusive. John Piper puts it succinctly: โ€œLoving God will include obeying all His commands; it will include believing all His word; it will include thanking Him for all His gifts. But all that is overflow. The essence of loving God is admiring and enjoying all He is. And it is this enjoyment of God that makes all of our other responses truly glorifying to Him.โ€

People are seeking happiness in all the wrong places outside of God. What many people fail to realize is that the purest enjoyment is found in God alone. ๐™๐™๐™š ๐™ข๐™ค๐™ข๐™š๐™ฃ๐™ฉ ๐™ฌ๐™š ๐™œ๐™š๐™ฉ ๐™จ๐™š๐™ง๐™ž๐™ค๐™ช๐™จ ๐™–๐™—๐™ค๐™ช๐™ฉ ๐™ฉ๐™ง๐™ช๐™ก๐™ฎ ๐™ก๐™ค๐™ซ๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™œ ๐™‚๐™ค๐™™ ๐™ž๐™จ ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š ๐™ข๐™ค๐™ข๐™š๐™ฃ๐™ฉ ๐™ฌ๐™š ๐™œ๐™š๐™ฉ ๐™ฉ๐™ค ๐™š๐™ญ๐™ฅ๐™š๐™ง๐™ž๐™š๐™ฃ๐™˜๐™š ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š ๐™๐™ž๐™œ๐™๐™š๐™จ๐™ฉ ๐™Ÿ๐™ค๐™ฎ ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š๐™ง๐™š ๐™ž๐™จ ๐™ž๐™ฃ ๐™ƒ๐™ž๐™จ ๐™ฅ๐™ง๐™š๐™จ๐™š๐™ฃ๐™˜๐™š (๐™‹๐™จ๐™–๐™ก๐™ข 16:11).

๐—ฅ๐—ฒ๐—ณ๐—น๐—ฒ๐—ฐ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป ๐—ค๐˜‚๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป:
1. Do I truly love God with all my heart and with all my soul and with all my might?

๐—ฃ๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐˜†๐—ฒ๐—ฟ:
๐™ˆ๐™ฎ ๐™™๐™š๐™–๐™ง ๐™‡๐™ค๐™ง๐™™, ๐™ข๐™–๐™ฎ ๐™„ ๐™ก๐™ค๐™ซ๐™š ๐™๐™๐™š๐™š ๐™ฌ๐™ž๐™ฉ๐™ ๐™–๐™ก๐™ก ๐™ค๐™› ๐™ข๐™š.
โ€œHelp me to discern between true and false love, the one consisting of supreme love to Thee,
the other not,ย the former uniting Thy glory and manโ€™s happiness that they may become one common interest,ย the latter disjointing and separating them both, seeking the latter with neglect of the former. Grant me grace to distinguishย between the genuine and the false,
and to rest in Thee who art all love.โ€ Amen.

(Prayer excerpt from: Love Rest in God, The Valley of Vision: A collection of Puritan prayers and devotions)

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