The second part of the greatest commandment that Jesus gives in Mark 12:30 is to love the Lord with all thy soul.
When we specifically pull this out of the equation, what does that mean? How does one specifically love God with all their soul? How is it different from loving God with all their heart, mind, and strength?
Merriam-Webster defines soul as ” the spiritual part of a person that is believed to give life to the body and in many religions is believed to live forever.” Even when we look at the definition in words, it can still be hard to really understand what a soul is.
In some places in our society, we coin the term “soul mates.” When two people are said to feel what the other is feeling, and very deeply understand each others’ thoughts–hurt when the other hurts–exude great joy when the other is joyful–we say they are “soul mates.”
And we describe their inseparability and willingness to do anything for each other as loving each other with all their souls.
How can we use this information to love God with our souls?
Do we know what God desires? If we read His Word then we have a good idea; but He is so vast, there are so many parts of His Will we just can’t in our human bodies fully understand.
We need to ask and seek to know His Will in order to have a chance of understanding all the things that bring Him joy, all the things that cause Him sorrow, and all the things that induce other emotions in Him.
Do you hate what God hates? Love what God loves?
It’s not easy to do. Our flesh loves the sin He hates–no matter who we are. And we often find it hard to love every single person on this earth–especially the ones who would intentionally harm us or those we love without remorse.
How do we get there?
To be able to fully grasp the things in this world as He does, and feel the way He does about people and issues, we’re going to have to work for it.
We’re going to have to ask Him to make the things that bring Him joy bring us joy. We need to ask for heart sight. Ask Him to break our hearts for what breaks His.
I love this song by Brandon Heath, Give Me Your Eyes So I Can See. I love to just pray it in my heart as I listen to his voice. This song captures the desire of the singer to have a heart after God’s–to feel what He feels–to love God with his soul by connecting to the things important to God.
Aside from the suggestions in the previous article Loving God With All Thy Heart, there are a few other things we can do to try to understand His will.
We can work through a devotional. There are many good ones out there. Find yourself a good bible-based devotional–not an ear tickling one. (Right now, you can click over to Sparkling Gems From The Greek and enter to win a copy of my favorite devotional. There is no other one like it–it’s amazing.)
Look through some missionary biographies. Even if you’ve never had a heart for missionary work, reading through these can inspire you in ways you’d never imagine. Some to start with? Corrie Ten Boom, George Muller, and Amy Carmichael are a few if you’re just starting.
Pray. Talk to God and ask for His heart. If you’re seeking it honestly, He reveals Himself to you bit by bit.
Seeing the world through God’s eyes changes a person’s view of the world. This can be a highly emotional journey.
If we are willing and honestly seeking, it can be a great reward.
What other ways are you seeking to love the Lord with all your soul specifically?