Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.(Mark 12:30)
Last time we started looking at how to be rich towards God and we saw that we first have to love God with our hearts. Today we are moving to the second point, which is loving God with your soul.
The simplest explanation of what a soul is the inner part of your being which controls feelings and desires that you can’t explain why you have them.
Your soul is what controls your peace. Things like liking someone you’ve just met or preferring coffee over tea even though you don’t have any bad experience with either if your soul. Have I not wept for those who have fallen on hard times?Has my soul not grieved for the needy?(Job 30:25).
Your soul is the biggest influencer of your heart because unlike your mind it doesn’t have to give reasons to your heart, hence if you love God with your heart you can’t explain why you live Him so much. We see this type of action when God gave Christ for redemption. “For God loved the world in this way: He gave His One and Only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life.(John 3:16).
When your soul loves God you no longer need a reason to pray or go to church. When your soul loves no amount of reason will explain why you serve him or why you praise him.
When you always need a reason to serve or praise God, you will end up falling into temptation because the devil will always give you a reason for not serving or praising God, he can even qoute bible verse to “prove” his point. The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat the fruit from the trees in the garden. But about the fruit of the tree in the middle of the garden, God said, ‘You must not eat it or touch it, or you will die.’” “No! You will not die,” the serpent said to the woman. “In fact, God knows that when you eat it your eyes will be opened and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”(Genesis 3:2-5). Then the Devil took Him to the holy city, had Him stand on the pinnacle of the temple, and said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, throw Yourself down. For it is written: He will give His angels orders concerning you, and they will support you with their hands so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.”(Matthew 4:5-6).
May your soul fall in love with God so that you will never fall into temptation.
Next time will look at the last two things that you should love God with.