Genesis 1:26-31; Matthew 22:34-40
In Matthew 22:37, Jesus gives us the Great Commandment by telling us to “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.” And now the question begs, what does it mean to love the Lord our God with all our heart, with all our soul and with all our mind?
Our mind was created by God to operate and give life to our body. Our mind controls your heart beating, blood circulating, lungs breathing, ears hearing and eyes seeing. Our mind controls our body, the physical part of us that part everyone sees. Jesus, being both fully human and fully God, had a mind that controlled his body the same as we have a mind that controls our body. Our physical mind was created in the image Jesus.
In Matthew 22:37, Jesus is not speaking of our physical heart but rather our spirit. With our spirit, we experience love, hurt, anger, compassion, fear, and many other emotions. Romans 5:5 says that when we become Christians, “And hope does not put us to shame, because God's love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.” Being born-again is not an intellectual experience, it is an emotional experience. Our spirit gives us our emotions and our spirit was created in the image of the Holy Spirit.
Lastly, the soul is the decision-making part of each one of us, what we decide to do and how we determine our actions. Our soul is what makes us decide to set our alarm clock, drive a car, operate a computer or get married. Our soul controls every decision we make for our entire lives. In Matthew 16:26, Jesus says “What good will it be for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul?” Jesus says that if you lose your soul, you lose your decision-making ability to remove yourself from that place of eternal torment. Our Father in heaven is the “soul” of God, He alone is the great Decision-Maker and greater than all (John 10:29). Our soul is made in the image as our Father in heaven.
Each of us has a triune nature, even though we can only see one body. God also has a triune nature, even though we have only seen the one body of Jesus. What a blessing it is to know that God has made us in His image with our mind reflecting His Mind, our spirit reflecting His Holy Spirit and our soul reflecting the great Decision-Maker.
Lord Jesus, thank You for revealing to me that you made me in Your likeness. Thank You also for giving me Your Great Commandment. I promise to love You with all my heart and with all my soul and with all my mind, meditating on this verse as I go through all the days that You give me.
God made us like Him so we can love Him the way He loves us.