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’)

Prayer

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

每日灵粮
星期五,2021年5月28日
标题:“越认识祂就越爱祂”
作者:张绣梅
翻译:陈月妃

马太福音22:37 “你要。。。。。尽意、爱主你的 神。”

主耶稣告诉我们要尽意爱主我们的神,这不奇怪吗?我们知道,我们应该尽心、尽性、尽力地爱祂。但是用我们的意念(思想)来爱祂?爱通常不是用智力或大脑的东西来表达的。

用心思意念去爱上帝意味着什么?

神学家RC Sproul指出,现今教会最大的危机就是人们试图仅凭感觉和情感来敬拜上帝。他说,事实并非如此。如果你不认识上帝,你就无法爱祂。

如果我想爱上帝,我必须认识祂,如果我想更多地爱他,我必须更深入地了解祂。我该怎么做呢?

圣经揭示了上帝的思想。如果我想认识祂,我就得查考圣经。我越是把注意力集中在上帝是谁和祂所做的事情上,我对祂的了解就越多。我就会像那两个去以马忤斯的门徒一样心里火热,那时主耶稣与他们同行,向他们讲解关于祂的经文。他们彼此说、“在路上、他和我们说话、给我们讲解圣经的时候、我们的心岂不是火热的么。”

我们越是用心去了解上帝,我们就越热切的尊荣祂,就会对祂怀着最崇高的敬意,并以敬畏的心来思想祂。

当我们越了解祂,祂的荣耀就会越加吸引我们。当祂的荣耀越加吸引我们时,我们就会越赞美祂。接着,我们将被驱使去做我们这堕落的本性所不能做的事——崇拜和爱祂。当你爱一个人的时候,你就会轻易的顺从祂,并执行祂的诫命。

亲爱的基督徒,我们的心充满了世上的事和世上的爱。在我们的思想中,上帝和上帝的事物几乎没有什么空间。难怪神说:“这百姓用嘴唇尊敬我、心却远离我。”(马太福音15:8)

(灵感源于RC Sproul的《尽心尽意地爱上帝》)

祈祷:

阿爸天父,我们并没有尽心尽意地爱祢,甚至没有认真地爱过祢。我们在敬拜祢时缺少了对祢的崇敬和尊荣,表明我们对祢的爱是多么的少。请赦免我们。

长久以来,我们用我们的嘴和嘴唇,宣称爱祢。只有祢知道我们的心。我们可以和外面的世界装假,但不能和祢装假。我们伤了祢的心,我们深表歉意。

耶和华我们的神阿,求祢今日帮助我们,仔细查考祢的圣经,使我们更加认识祢。我们祈求祢的灵教导我们祢话语中关于祢的旨意及祢对我们的爱的真理。

我们奉主耶稣的名祈求,阿们。