Love God With All Your Strength

  • Mark 12:30 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.
  • 1 Corinthians 9:27 No, I strike a blow to my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize.
  • 1 Thessalonians 4:4 …that each of you should learn to control your own body in a way that is holy and honorable.
  • Galatians 5:16-21 So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever you want. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.

You must love God with your body by controlling it in a way that is holy and honorable. Paul wrote to the Corinthians: “I strike a blow to my body and make it my slave”. He kept his body in check, obedient to the commands of the Lord. To love God with all your strength implies to obey God’s commandments and teachings by controlling your body. Keep it from sexual immorality, impurity, debauchery, drunkenness, orgies and the like. Your body was not meant for those things but for the Lord (1 Corinthians 6:13).

Loving God with all your strength allows you to serve Him by serving those around you. Jesus commanded us to serve one another, to wash each other’s feet (John 13:14, 17). It’s also honoring Him in your work (Colossians 3:23).

How to love the Lord your God with all your strength:
  1. Control your body and do not let it control you. Don’t give in to earthly passions but do like Paul and make your body your slave.
  2. Obey the commands of God where your body is concerned by using your strength for things that have kingdom value such as serving others. Love on people. Don’t waste all your energy on things that have no kingdom benefit.
  3. Serve where you are called to serve. If you are not serving at church and are not sure where to serve, ask God to direct you. Take the time to listen to Him and follow the Holy Spirit’s direction. (Don’t wait for years to serve because you don’t hear God. Volunteer somewhere and let Him guide your next step.)

Call to action: Look for opportunities to love God by blessing others using your strength.