Love God with your Mind
Matthew 22:36-37 Master, which is the great commandment in the law? 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.
The word love in this context is agape in the Greek. The central meaning to agape is a self-sacrificing love. It is not a human feeling that is emotional, sentimental, etc. It also is unrelated to a brotherly, friendly, or sexual kind of love. It is the essence of God, God is love. Now, this is how it is now reading to me –
..thou shall self-sacrifice all your heart, soul, and mind.
That is how it is speaking to me. A follow-up to: Renewed Mind in Christ and Tactical Spiritual Warfare. Praise God. Lord, give me the words, in Jesus I pray, amen. Deep breath… thank you Lord (Romans 12 just popped into my head). Perfect –
Romans 12:1-2 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
See where I’m being led with with this?
Galatians 5:24 And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh (sacrificed) with the affections and lusts.
Romans 6:5-11 For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death (sacrificed), we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection: Knowing this, that our old man is crucified (sacrificed) with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin. For he that is dead (sacrificed) is freed from sin. Now if we be dead (sacrificed) with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him: Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over him. For in that he died, he died unto sin once: but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God. Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Philippians 2:4-6 Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others (self-sacrificing). Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:
The Body of Christ, being equal with God, in-Christ. It is Christ in you saint. Let Him have His Body. Sacrificial love, our reasonable service.. Love thy Lord your God. He will then fill you with His Spirit, His mind, His emotions, His strength, etc.
1 Corinthians 6:19 What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?
1 John 4:4 Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.
Philippians 2:1-2 If there be therefore any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any bowels and mercies, Fulfil ye my joy, that ye be likeminded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind.
2 Timothy 1:6-7 Wherefore I put thee in remembrance that thou stir up the gift of God, which is in thee by the putting on of my hands. For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.
1 Peter 3:8 Finally, be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous:
Acts 2:1 And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.
Acts 4:32 And the multitude of them that believed were of one heart and of one soul: neither said any of them that ought of the things which he possessed was his own; but they had all things common.
Finally my brethren –
Ephesians 4:4-6 There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; One Lord, one faith, one baptism, One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.
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