Prayer: O God, how do I love you? Show me through your Word. Amen.
With all you mind
37 He said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’
Today’s text is really deep, especially when one considers our devotion writer’s comments. Of course when we look at human emotions we can certainly get into complex issues. God made us humans as emotional beings. God made us in His image and He has emotions too. Scripture is full of examples of God’s emotions of anger and compassion and love.
There is therefore, nothing wrong with emotions. Our devotion writer makes a very good point when Jesus quotes Deuteronomy 6:5; but says ‘mind’ instead of might. This indicates that love is not just an emotion, but “Love is thought, reason, interpretation, planning, memory, and attentiveness.” For all of us who have been married, this makes a lot of sense. It is impossible to have a long term relationship with only emotional attachment.
To love one’s neighbor is the same way. We have to look to see the image of God in all humans. Sometimes we have to look really, really hard to find it. Our devotion writer explains; “to love one’s neighbors in the same way is to see the image of God in them. Such love doesn’t require and exceptionally intelligent mind, but a graced mind. God love us wholly even when we can’t return it. Such love changes our lives and our minds.”
Prayer: “God, grant us loving minds and grace-filled hearts to do your will. In Jesus’ name. Amen.”
New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
The Greatest Commandment
34 When the Pharisees heard that he had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together, 35 and one of them, a lawyer, asked him a question to test him. 36 “Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?” 37 He said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the greatest and first commandment. 39 And a second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.”
The Question about David’s Son
41 Now while the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them this question: 42 “What do you think of the Messiah? Whose son is he?” They said to him, “The son of David.” 43 He said to them, “How is it then that David by the Spirit calls him Lord, saying,
44 ‘The Lord said to my Lord, “Sit at my right hand, until I put your enemies under your feet”’?
45 If David thus calls him Lord, how can he be his son?” 46 No one was able to give him an answer, nor from that day did anyone dare to ask him any more questions.