With All Our Heart, Mind and Soul

With All Our Heart, Mind and Soul

When we claim to be Christians this is the greatest of all commandments.

Matthew 22 KJV

37 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.
38 This is the first and great commandment.
39 And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.

How often during the day I turn my back on this simple request? How often during the day does the Lord fill my heart with joy when it is honored? Why would it be so easily overlooked from one moment to the next? The enemy is always lurking, prancing, as a lion when he is nothing more than a sugar ant.

I love the story of the “bleeding woman” who struggled through the throng of people that were surrounding Jesus as He walked through the village. She wanted more than anything to get near to the Master as she knew He could heal her. The vision in my heart is of a person struggling with all their strength through the pushing and shoving of the throngs, just to get a glimpse, just to be near for a moment…finally, close enough, she gets pushed to the ground and reaches out and her hand brushes the last thread in the hem.

I share this story often with the men at the Rescue Mission. It’s a reminder of the struggle when drinking was my god and rooting out the enemy was the only thing that mattered. When you struggle, crawl and cry out, touching the border of His garment is like breathing life for the first time. It is life itself. It is the essence of loving thy God with all your heart, soul and mind.

Luke 43 KJV

43 And a woman having an issue of blood twelve years, which had spent all her living upon physicians, neither could be healed of any,
44 Came behind him, and touched the border of his garment: and immediately her issue of blood stanched.
45 And Jesus said, Who touched me? When all denied, Peter and they that were with him said, Master, the multitude throng thee and press thee, and sayest thou, Who touched me?
46 And Jesus said, Somebody hath touched me: for I perceive that virtue is gone out of me.
47 And when the woman saw that she was not hid, she came trembling, and falling down before him, she declared unto him before all the people for what cause she had touched him, and how she was healed immediately.
48 And he said unto her, Daughter, be of good comfort: thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace.
Even with the throngs of people, Jesus, knew that someone had touched Him. The image is of lots of people touching Him, but one woman touched Him through faith, love and belief and, this above all the rest, is when virtue made an appearance.


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