Matthew 22:37-40 “Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment.”
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What does the word for LOVE here mean? Click HERE
What does the word for HEART here mean? Click HERE
What does the word for SOUL here mean? Click HERE
NOTE: As with everything. I am about to DISCUSS the passage and the meaning of the text as a whole. Remember only Jesus’ and Yahweh’s words are True. The summary I am about to post is what I THINK this all means using the verse, 24 years of study, and the meanings of the words. But it is up to you to determine this on your own. Disciples learn from the source, not from other Disciples. But we are also commanded to discuss what Jesus taught us.
To summarize the meanings:
Love = Something we breathe after, desire, and delight in.
All = Means ‘Whole’. Our ‘Whole’ heart. Not part of it.
Heart = The heart is the organ that pumps our soul throughout our body. Scripture tells us our soul is where our blood is, or is in our blood. It gives us life. It keeps ur soul in our body.
Soul = The soul is our eternal selves.
Might = Might in Hebrew is the same as Might in English.
This commandment is self explanatory once you know the meanings of the words. But in order to understand what Jesus meant, we have to look at examples. What examples of loving God with our all can you recall in the scripture?
In The Story [ Click HERE for story ] of the Pharisee who invited Jesus into his home, and the Sinner who washed cried on his feet and anointed them with oil.
” And he turned to the woman, and said unto Simon, Seest thou this woman? I entered into thine house, thou gavest me no water for my feet: but she hath washed my feet with tears, and wiped them with the hairs of her head. Thou gavest me no kiss: but this woman since the time I came in hath not ceased to kiss my feet. My head with oil thou didst not anoint: but this woman hath anointed my feet with ointment.”
Jesus points out to the Pharisee that because she has so much sin, she loves Jesus more. He says faith led to her forgiveness.
“Wherefore I say unto thee, Her sins, which are many, are forgiven; for she loved much: but to whom little is forgiven, the same loveth little.”
Do we love God as much as this woman loved Jesus?
Deuteronomy 6:5 KJV
And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.
Deuteronomy 10:12 KJV
And now, Israel, what doth the LORD thy God require of thee, but to fear the LORD thy God, to walk in all his ways, and to love him, and to serve the LORD thy God with all thy heart and with all thy soul
Deuteronomy 30:6 KJV
And the LORD thy God will circumcise thine heart, and the heart of thy seed, to love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, that thou mayest live.