Friday, 28 May 2021
To Know Him is to Love Him
By: Sally Cheong
” Love the Lord your God….with all your mind.” Matthew 22:37
Is it not strange that the Lord Jesus should tell us to love the Lord our God with all our mind? We understand that we should love Him with all our heart, our soul and our strength. But with our mind? Love is not usually expressed as an intellectual or cerebral matter.
What does it mean to love God with the mind?
Theologian RC Sproul remarked that the great crisis in our churches today is that people try to worship God with feelings and emotions only. It can’t happen, he said. You cannot love God if you don’t know Him.
If I want to love God I have to know Him and if I want to love Him more, I must know Him more deeply. How am I going to do that?
The Scriptures reveal the mind of God. If I want to know Him, I must search the Scriptures. The more I focus the mind’s attention on Who God is and what He does, the more I understand just a little bit more about Him. And my soul will burn inside like the two disciples on the road to Emmaus when the Lord Jesus walked alongside them and explained the Scriptures to them concerning Him. They said to one another, ” were not our hearts burning within us while He talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?”
The more we understand God with the mind, the greater ardour we have to honor Him and to hold Him in high esteem and to think about Him with deep reverence.
The more we know about Him, the more glorious He will appeal to us and the more glorious He appeals to us, the more we are inclined to praise Him. And then, we will be driven to do that which our fallen nature does not naturally do – to Worship and Love Him. It is easy to obey someone you love and carry out His commands.
Our minds, dear Christians, are filled with the things of this world and with the love of the world. There is little room in our minds for God and the things of God. Is it no wonder that God said, ” These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me.” Matthew 15 :8
(Inspired by RC Sproul’s ‘Love God with all your mind’)
Abba Father, we have not loved You with all our mind, not even a serious portion of it. Our lack of adoration and honor in our worship of You shows how little we love You with all our mind. Please forgive us.
For too long we have, with our mouth and lips, professed to love You. You Alone know our hearts. We can pretend with the world outside but not with You. We have grieved Your heart and we are deeply sorry.
O Lord our God, help us this day forth to diligently search your Scriptures to begin to know You more. We pray Your Spirit will teach us the truths revealed in Your Word concerning Your mind and love for us.
This we ask in the Name of our Lord Jesus, AMEN
马太福音22：37 “你要。。。。。尽意、爱主你的 神。”