Sheldon Clowdus

Disciple . Husband . Father


How Do I Love God With All My Heart?
I meet with a couple of guys on Tuesday nights after our families all meet for small group.  I love the time with these guys because we are able to discuss deep spiritual things.  We talk about where God has us, how we are struggling, what our deepest desires are, and then we pray for each other.  I wouldn't trade that time for anything.

Last night our conversation turned to Jesus' commandment to us to love Him with all our hearts. This was a command that God gave the Israelites in the Old Testament (Deuteronomy 6:5) that Jesus confirmed in the New Testament as the single most important act of His disciples (Matthew 22:37-38). This idea of loving, serving, following God with all our heart is a common one throughout the scriptures.

 In Jeremiah 29:13 and Deuteronomy 4:29, God informs Israel that they will find Him when they seek Him with all their heart.

Deuteronomy 10:12 and 11:13 God commands that His people serve Him with all their hearts.

Proverbs 3:5 tells us to trust God with all our heart.

Joel 2:12 and 1 Samuel 7:3 speak of returning to God with all our heart.

Ephesians 5:19 tells us to sing and make melody to God with all our heart.

Obviously God desires that all our heart be devoted completely to Him.  Sounds simple enough, right?  Just figure out how to devote all our heart to God.  The problem?  Jeremiah 17:9 is the problem.

Jeremiah 17:9 says "The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it?"  So the problem is that our own heart will deceive us.  It will tell us we are loving God and others when we are not.  We cannot truly know what lies in the depths of our own heart.

So what do we do?  How can we truly love God with our heart if we cannot even know our heart?  I think we can only go before God, confess our inability to love Him as He commands, and ask Him to do it through us.

Have you asked God to help you love Him with all your heart?  Have you confessed that you don't know how to do it?  Have you humbled yourself before Him confessing your total dependence on Him in this and in every other area in your life?

Now would be a great time to start.

I am a follower of Jesus, a husband, and a father. I teach 5th grade in my hometown of Rome, Georgia.


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