You shall love the Lord your God
with All your heart,
with All your soul,
and with All your strength.
(Deuteronomy 6:5, Matthew 22:37)
People run to and fro in their days, laboring to put bread on the table by the sweat of their brows (Genesis 3:19). They multiply and seek joy and peace. Yet they do not care about God; he is not part of their daily schedule.
Some individuals stand in awe of the Almighty Creator. They are sorry for their bad deeds, fear the wrath of the Holy One, and dread of the Day of Judgment. They pray, fast, give alms, go on pilgrimage and fight for the sake of Allah to satisfy him. They have yet to recognize that their good deeds are not sufficient to deliver them from hell. Even the demons believe in the oneness of God and tremble (James 2:19).
A small number of seekers of truth act like the sunflower, which slowly turns around to face the sun from morning till night, to absorb its rays and grow up to ripen and bear much ”fruit”. Whoever turns toward his Lord without delay, absorbs the rays of his love and draws spiritual energy from him, will bear eternal fruit.
What type of person are you? How many minutes a day do you think of your Lord and really serve him? Remember what was written about divine love:
Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels,
But have not love,
I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal.
And though I have the gift of prophecy,
And understand all mysteries and all knowledge,
And though I have all faith,
so that I could remove mountains,
But have not love, I am nothing.
(1 Corinthians 13:1-2)
The most vital commandment in the Old Testament is to love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. We should examine ourselves: Do we love God indeed? Do we love him with all our heart, with all our soul and with all our strength?
He who ponders on this commandment and is honest, will humble himself and be broken, for he will realize that he falls short of love for the Lord, and must confess, ”I do not love him with all my heart, soul, and strength! My mind and feelings do not dwell completely in the Lord. My heart does not beat for God only, my subconscious is not filled with the love of God and my inner being is not directed toward the Creator alone. I do love the Almighty Holy One but I have not loved him with all my being, for I waste much time, strength and money on perishable things of this world.”
The Almighty waits for us to repent and confess with tears and reverence that we are actually the idols we worship, for we love ourselves with all our hearts and with all our might. We do not love our Lord fully, from whom all blessings flow. This is our original sin.
We deserve God’s wrath. Our punishment should be death and hell, for the Lord is not first and last in our lives. If we do not repent sincerely, we will go astray forever.
The Creator understands us and knows that we are sinners. In spite of this fact, he loves us and has not forsaken us, for he sent the Son of Mary to show us the true love to God and men. Christ has lived out the most important commandment fully in sincerity. He prayed and taught his followers the Lord’s Prayer:
Our Father in heaven,
Hallowed be Your name.
Your kingdom come.
Your will be done
On earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts,
As we forgive our debtors.
And do not lead us into temptation,
But deliver us from the evil one.
For Yours is the kingdom and the power
and the glory forever.
Christ did not honor himself, but glorified his spiritual Father in heaven and confessed,
”My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me,
and to finish His work” (John 4:34).
In so doing, Christ testified to his true and perfect love for God. The Son of Mary, was neither a Sufi nor an ascetic, for his love to God was realized and made effective through his love of all men. He visited cities and towns on foot, proclaimed God’s fatherhood to everybody, offered healing to the sick, delivered the demon-possessed from unclean spirits, raised the dead, took away the sin of the world and provided atonement for all nations, reconciling them to God. Christ cleanses us from all sin by his unique atonement. He bore God’s judgment as a substitute for us, so that whoever believes and commits himself to him shall have eternal life. God’s love became incarnate in Christ. He wants to change us into his mercy that we shall become merciful like the Merciful God.
Having justified his followers from their sins, Christ pours out his Holy Spirit on those who pray and wait for the power of his grace. This good Spirit is God’s love itself, as the apostle Paul wrote,
”The love of God has been poured out in our hearts
by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.”
This Spirit gives us divine guidance and light so that we may love God with all our heart, with all our soul and with all our strength, and serve him with joy and gladness. This Spirit guides us to live as Christ lived and to pray to him on behalf of others. God did not command us to follow pointless commandments; he gives us the guidance and power to live a life pleasing to him.
Dear reader, memorize all verses in bold print, for they are from the Holy Bible. You can receive from them the power to love God with all your heart and mind. Pray that God may pour out the Spirit of his love into your heart.
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