Matthew 22:35-40 ESV And one of them, a lawyer,asked him a question to test him.  “Teacher, which isthe great commandment in the Law?”  And he said tohim, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heartand with all your soul and with all your mind.  This isthe great and first commandment.  And a second islike it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.  Onthese two commandments depend all the Law and theProphets.”
Mark 12:29-31 ESV Jesus answered, “The most importantis, ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. And you shall love the Lord your God with all yourheart and with all your soul and with all your mind andwith all your strength.’  The second is this: ‘You shalllove your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no othercommandment greater than these.”
Deuteronomy 6:4-6 ESV “Hear, O Israel: The LORD ourGod, the LORD is one.  You shall love the LORD yourGod with all your heart and with all your soul and with allyour might.  And these words that I command youtoday shall be on your heart.Deuteronomy 4:39 ESV …know therefore today, and lay itto your heart, that the LORD is God in heaven above andon the earth beneath; there is no other.
שמע ִש ָאל יהוה אלֹהינּו יהוה אחד׃ ֶָ ֵ ֱ ֵ ְׁ ַ י ְׁ ר Listen, O Israel – YHWH Elohenu YHWH is echadYHWH is the Hebrew name of the Self-Existent God wholed Israel out of Egypt.Elohenu is the more common name for God that candescribe the plurality of God. It is used of the CreatorEchad means a “unified” one – “they cried with one voice”Whole, Unique, and Unified
 You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.Love the Lord is the willful and emotional response ofdedication and affection to God.Heart is generally the seat of the conscience. It isconnected to the mind and is the foundation of thewhole personSoul is generally the spiritual nature of a person.The place indwelt by God
 You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.Might is a noun that means exceeding – power orstrength. In the account of the flood the word is used todescribe the extent of the flood over the earthThis verse means that we love God with everything wehave – total surrender… not partial commitment
An Impossible Command Is this Possible?Is it Possible to Love God this Way? Who in Scripture was Successful?
Nature of the heart / mindWhat goes out of the mouth comes from the heart (Matt.15:18); from the abundance of the heart the mouthspeaks (Matt. 12:34)God Searches the heartThe Lord searches all hearts (1 Chr. 28:9); you test theheart (1 Chr. 29:17); the hearts of men lie open before theLord (Prov. 15:11).
The Common Heart of ManGod gave them over to a depraved mind (Rom. 1:28); theheart is deceitful (Jer. 17:9); puffed up by his fleshly mind(Col. 2:18); their mind and conscience are defiled (Titus1:15); their heart is far from me (Matt. 15:8); out of theheart come evil thoughts etc. (Matt. 15:19);
Mankind’s Thoughts Compared to God’s ThoughtsMy thoughts are not your thoughts, says the Lord (Isa.55:8); as the heavens are higher than the earth so are mythoughts than your thoughts (Isa. 55:9); your thoughtsare very deep (Ps. 92:5); God declares his thoughts to men(Amos 4:13); they do not know the thoughts of the Lord(Mic. 4:12); who has known the mind of the Lord?
Man is Weak and Lacking StrengthI am like a man with no strength (Ps. 88:4) man’s frailty(Job 4:19); what is my strength, that I should wait? (Job6:11); the body is sown in weakness and raised in power(1 Cor. 15:43); my groans are many and my heart is faint(Lam. 1:22); my strength fails me (Ps. 38:10); I have nostrength left in me (Dan. 10:16); I have no strength left inme, and no breath in me (Dan. 10:17); no strength wasleft in me (Dan. 10:8)
1. Love for God is a Response to His Love – God Always Loves First and Always Loves More – God Expresses Love in Covenant – To Love God we Enter His Covenant
1. Love for God is a Response to His Love – God Always Loves First and Always Loves More – God Expresses Love in Covenant – To Love God we Enter His Covenant2. Love for God is Obedience – Faith in Action is God’s Love Language – Love is Loyalty to the Lord who is Loyal to Us
Deuteronomy 11:22 ESV For if you will be careful to do all this commandment that I command you to do, loving the LORD your God, walking in all his ways, and holding fast to him… Deuteronomy 30:19b-20 ESV Therefore choose life,that you and your offspring may live,  loving the LORDyour God, obeying his voice and holding fast to him, for he is your life and length of days…
Psalm 11:7 ESV For the LORD is righteous; he loves righteous deeds; the upright shall behold his face. Psalm 45:7 ESV …you have loved righteousness andhated wickedness. Therefore God, your God, has anointed you with the oil of gladness beyond your companions…
John 14:23 ESV Jesus answered him, “If anyone loves me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him.John 15:9-10 ESV As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Abide in my love.  If you keep mycommandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Fathers commandments and abide in his love.
Covenant Love of God 1 John 4:15-17 ESV Whoever confesses that Jesus is theSon of God, God abides in him, and he in God.  So wehave come to know and to believe the love that God hasfor us. God is love, and whoever abides in love abides inGod, and God abides in him.  By this is love perfected with us, so that we may have confidence for the day of judgment, because as he is so also are we in this world.
Our Natural Response of Loyalty1 John 5:1-3 ESV Everyone who believes that Jesus is theChrist has been born of God, and everyone who loves theFather loves whoever has been born of him.  By this weknow that we love the children of God, when we love God and obey his commandments.  For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments. And his commandments are not burdensome.