Daily Bible Podcast Day 010 – Genesis 25 and 26, Psalm 6, Luke 10

November 10, 2012 in Podcasts by Nathan

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Scripture:
“He answered, ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’[c]; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’” ~Luke 10:27

Observation:
Jesus is stating four ways to love God. Heart, soul, mind, strength. The meaning of heart (emotion) and mind (intellect) are pretty obvious, but I’m not exactly sure what He means by soul (attitude?) and strength. Clearly, though, He’s saying that our love for God should be total. Every aspect of our self should be engaged in it. After this verse, Jesus goes on to explain that my neighbor is basically everyone, including those I might have a prejudice against (Samaritans).

Application:
How often do I love God with my heart but not my mind? How much time do I spend on the feeling part of faith while ignoring the thinking part? I suspect this is the reason I might not have better answers to tough questions. I’m less certain about what soul and strength mean in application. I also don’t even feel like I do a particularly good job of loving the neighbors that I actually like, much less those I don’t. I need to consider what groups I might dislike and figure out ways to serve them.

Prayer:
God, show me where I need to work on loving. There are people I just don’t get along with, who I seem to have nothing in common with, or even might be working against me. Give me your eyes for them. Show me my own unloving attitudes and how I can serve those who I don’t like.

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