“Jesus answered, ‘The most important [commandment] is, Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your SOUL and with all your mind and with all your strength.'” – Mark 12:29-30
We’re continuing from yesterday’s devotional looking at the famous verses, Mark 12: 29-30. First, we discussed what it means to love God with “all our heart.” Today, we continue by discussing our SOUL. So, what is our soul, exactly?
Our soul is our personality and the seat of our will. Confused? Think about it this way: when a man and woman fall in love, they get married. While passion may have drawn them together, it is a decision of the will that keeps them together in a committed relationship. The fact is, our sinful human nature often causes us to be tempted to treat our spouse unfairly or to be unfaithful. If we were led by our feelings alone, we would fall into temptation! It’s during those times that we have to completely ignore temporary feelings and decide, by an act of will, to put our feelings aside and stay faithful. We express our love through this long-term faithfulness, loyalty, and devotion.
It’s the same with God. When we give our heart to God, we begin that relationship with Him. Along the way, however, we will be tempted to fall into sin. And if we simply follow our feelings, we will give in to that temptation. But if we’re really going to love and walk with God in faith, then we choose to be faithful to Him, no matter what we’re feeling in the moment.
So, how do we love God with all our soul? We do it with our will.