Monday, March 7, 2011


by Diana Kriesel

Monday, 3/7/11 – Deuteronomy 5,6; Psalm 43; Mark 14 – “Heart, Soul Strength”

S – Deuteronomy 6:5 – “You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength.”

O – This was a command given in the Law of Moses: that loving God was to be wholehearted (with all your heart) and was to pervade every aspect of an Israelite’s being and life (soul and strength). To Him alone were the people of Israel to submit, and him alone were they to serve with their entire being.

A – Jesus preached these same words in Matthew 22:37, calling this the greatest commandment of all. To love the Lord comes from a desire for intimacy with Him as we continually grow into a deeper relationship with Him – a consuming passion and desire to be overwhelmed with Him in such a way that it invades our heart, our mind, our strength; and He becomes our all in all. This is the beginning of pursuit toward a pure heart. So many things come against us to try to invade this most intimate relationship, even good things; and we must protect our heart so that it is not polluted. He deserves our unreserved love, and that it be at the foundation of all we are and do.

P – Lord, draw us deeper into Love with You; so that all we do and all that we are is an outflow of who You are. You ARE Love… Teach us to love You in ways that You deserve, and teach us to live our lives as a reflection of Your great Love.

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