Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. 5 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. 6 These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. 7 Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. 8 Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. 9 Write them on the door frames of your houses and on your gates. DEUTERONOMY 6:4-9
Jesus said this is the most important commandment, the next being to love our neighbour as ourselves. The second part I can easily relate to as I can interact with people around me. But how do I love a god that I cannot see, physically touch nor hear audibly?
What does it mean to love?
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. 8 Love never fails. 1 Cor 13
So every time I exercise patience and kindness, especially to the horrible, that is loving God with my whole heart since it does take my whole strength to do so 😉
When I do not dishonor others, or participate in trending complaints – that is loving God.
When I am not easily angered, especially by hazardous road users – that is loving God with all my might.
When I erase record of wrongs that others have committed against me – that is loving God with all my heart.
When I stand up to expose evil and instead state the truth – as in verifying fake chain text messages – that is loving God with my mind.
When I do what I can to protect the weak – the immigrant worker, the old and marginalised, bedridden or wheelchair bound – that is loving God with all my might.
When a situation seem bleak and hopeless – someone with 4th stage cancer – I will trust in the Faithful One and persevere in hope – that is loving God with all my soul.
Whoever is kind to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will reward them for what they have done. Prov 19:17
For I was hungry and you gave Me something to eat; I was thirsty and you gave Me something to drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in; I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you took care of Me;
I was in prison and you visited Me. “Then the righteous will answer Him, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You something to drink? When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or without clothes and clothe You? When did we see You sick, or in prison, and visit You? “And the King will answer them, ‘I assure you: Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of Mine, you did for Me.’ Matt 25:35-40