This scripture was part of a prayer that Jesus would have prayed everyday... probably in the morning and evening. It is part of a bigger prayer called the Shema (pronounced shmah).... a prayer to listen and take heed of the commitment to follow the Lord.

  Jesus prayed these words and taught on them and called them the 'greatest commandment". But what does it mean to "love God with all of our soul'? If Jesus said that THIS was the greatest commandment isn't it important to know, really know what it MEANS...
We can have a deeper understanding of this scripture if we look at the meaning of "soul"~ NEPHESH. This word when boiled down to it's basic core means LIFE!

"Love the Lord with your whole soul" means we should love the Lord with our lives... moment by moment for our whole lives. Not just on Sundays during church, not just on Christmas and Easter... not just when we feel like it!

Loving the Lord on good days and on bad days and on all days in between. It means having an eternal love affair with Him because of his extravagant love for us!

Loving God with all our life is not a wishy-washy love. It is not controlled by feelings. It is a love born out of a decision... a choice... a commitment to love... to 'do' life with God!

Jesus is calling us to love God with our life... every moment... every day... and in every circumstance! Isn't that just what He did? He loved God and us with His whole life!
 
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