Deuteronomy 6:5 (NASB)
You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.
Deuteronomy 6:5 (AMP)
And you shall love the Lord your God with all your [mind and] heart and with your entire being and with all your might.
Everyone felt it – especially the woman standing half-dressed in front of the condemnatory crowd. Even a passerby could sense the crowd’s impatience, eager to inflict “righteous judgment” by stoning the woman caught in adultery.
She stood alone – afraid to look up, fighting back tears. Surely her fate was sealed.
Or so it seemed.
“I do not condemn you. Go and sin no more,” Jesus said after sending her accusers away to consider their own sinful history.
This story can be found in the eighth chapter of the Gospel of John. We’re not told what the woman did after this encounter with Jesus; but I know how I would’ve responded. Although I’ve never committed adultery, I too have been forgiven much.
And since I’ve been shown great mercy, I love God a whole lot.
However, I don’t love Him as fully as I could.
What would it be like to love God with every thought, and with all my strength? How would my actions and my motives change if I esteemed Him with that much intention and energy?
As I continue to recall times I experienced His mercy, would it stir within me an increasing desire to love Him with all my heart?
As we memorize or meditate on Deuteronomy 6:5, let’s make practicing to love God with our entire being this week’s goal. And as we pray for each other to succeed, can you picture how delighted God would be to hear those prayers?
What do you think?
• Does recalling times God has forgiven you, make you want to practice loving Him more?
• What does it mean to you to love God with everything that’s in you?
• What changes do you hope to see in your relationship with God as you pursue this goal?
• If you have chosen another goal, let us know how we can pray for you.