Love the Lord With Your Heart, Soul, Mind and Strength


Embracing Mark 12:30 – Loving the Lord with Heart, Soul, Mind, and Strength in Everyday Life


In the tapestry of Christian teachings, few verses resonate as profoundly as Mark 12:30, where Jesus instructs us to “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.” This powerful command encapsulates the essence of devotion and provides a guiding light for those seeking a deeper connection with Jesus and our neighbors. In this post, we delve into the significance of loving the Lord in the context of everyday life, exploring how individuals can embody this divine love across various facets of their existence.  We examine practical ways that we all can fulfil Jesus’ call to ‘love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength”.

Loving with the Heart:

The heart, often considered the seat of emotions, becomes a canvas for expressing love to God and the Holy Spirit communicates directly with your heart. Loving the Lord with all your heart involves cultivating a sincere and emotional connection with Jesus. In the hustle of daily life, this may manifest through heartfelt prayers, moments of gratitude, and acts of kindness towards others. By infusing love into our interactions and relationships, we create a ripple effect of positivity that mirrors Jesus’ love which we hold in our hearts.

Being intentional about loving others means taking a second to think about that old, overplayed adage: “What would Jesus do?”.  We must ask ourselves in each and every moment of contention “what does love require of me in this moment?”.  If someone cuts us off in traffic, we must ask ourselves what would have to be true for us to maintain love towards the perceived offender.  And that probably means putting that finger down and letting the moment (or road rager) pass. 

Challenge: Find the one part of your life where you find it MOST difficult to love through.  Pray about it, and ask God if you’re being honest with yourself.  This could be a conversation with a family member, driving on the highway, dealing with a customer service rep…whatever moment challenges you the most, and write down what love (synonymous with Jesus) requires of you in that moment. Does it require patience?  Does it require you to yell in anger?  Does it require you to be firm?  Or does it require you to overlook a mistake?  Reprogram your brain to respond with that love in that moment.  You probably won’t get it on the first try, but keep it up and keep asking God for his help; you’ll find that over time you will be fundamentally changed by Him.

Loving with the Soul:

The soul, representing the core of one’s being, invites individuals to align their innermost selves with a spiritual purpose. Loving the Lord with all your soul encourages a profound introspection and a quest for spiritual growth. Engaging in practices like prayerful meditation, contemplation, and mindfulness in Christ allows individuals to connect at the soul level with Jesus, fostering a deeper connection with Him. It is through this alignment of the soul that one can experience a sense of inner peace and fulfillment, transcending the challenges of daily life in favor of the love of our creator Yahweh.  The practical effects of this cannot be overstated, keeping us slow to anger (James 1:9) and helping us to love our neighbors with the love of the author of ALL love.

Spending time in prayer and meditation can be challenging in our daily lives, but it is ESSENTIAL that you find time, each day, to devote to connecting your soul to Jesus through the Holy Spirit.

Challenge: Carve out 15 minutes each day to devote to prayerful meditation and spending time with Him.  Make it a time when you can focus, with zero distractions, and devote that time each day to growing your connection to Jesus.  Talk to Him out loud.  Ask for help and patience (yeah, we know what praying for patience means 😀 ).

Loving with the Mind:

The mind, a powerful instrument of thought and intellect, plays a crucial role in understanding and internalizing the command. Loving the Lord with all your mind involves a commitment to spiritual learning and intellectual engagement with scripture. This can manifest through studying the bible, participating in religious discussions at church or in small groups, and seeking wisdom from pastors and deacons. By integrating the teachings of Jesus into one’s intellectual pursuits, individuals can develop a holistic understanding of their beliefs and incorporate them into their everyday decision-making.

What does that mean in reality?  Study.  When I became a Christian late in my life, I developed an insatiable thirst for exegesis, hermeneutics, theology, history, and everything else that connected me with God in a practical way.  I found new thinkers and dare I say philosophers who could frame the history and apologetic into a cohesive narrative that put all of history into a new context.  I scoured YouTube, listened to heavy-hitting theologians such as James Dobson, David Hocking and Steve Gregg, and searched out platforms like KLTT and KLDC radio to further my walk.

Challenge: Listen to some of the content on the Talking Truth podcast on sister station KLTT, and find a heading that you don’t understand fully.  Check out the apologetic from local personality Andy Peth, or Rita Schulte’s Mind Matters where she unpacks how the mind fits into your Christian faith, and challenge yourself to learn something new.  Find an author or book recommendation from your pastor and answer a question you’ve had for a long time, or a liturgy that doesn’t make sense.  The bottom line – loving the Lord with your mind means that you never stop learning.  As Proverbs 1:7 says: “fools despise wisdom and instruction”. 

Loving with Strength:

This one gets a little trickier!  The aspect of strength introduces a physical dimension to the command, emphasizing the embodiment of love in our actions and deeds. Loving the Lord with all your strength calls for a commitment to live out one’s faith in tangible ways. This can involve serving others through acts of charity, volunteering, or simply being a source of support for those in need. By channeling physical strength towards positive and compassionate endeavors, individuals become living embodiments of the Christlike love they profess. James 2:14-26 says that faith without works is dead.  Loving the Lord with all of our strength means that even when we’re tired we ought to do everything we can for our neighbor, and Jesus as a consequence.

Challenge: If you don’t already volunteer at your church in ways like audio-video, or child care or cleaning the church, talk to your pastor.  I can guarantee that there is a shortfall somewhere in your church that is keeping them from helping as many people as they would like.  If you don’t have a pastor, send a contact request at the bottom of this page, I will personally help you find ways that you can love the Lord with all of your strength.

If you’ve made your way here and you have yet to feel the love of Christ, that’s OK!  You can play too.  Simply reach out via the form HERE and KLTT staff will put you in touch with someone who needs support or can help you make sense of what you’re going through.  If you’ve never felt the love that grows inside of you when you help someone, you’re in for a life-changing pivot!

Applying Mark 12:30 in Everyday Life:

  1. Family and Relationships: In family life, loving the Lord can be expressed through fostering a nurturing and supportive environment. Prioritizing love, respect, and understanding within familial relationships reflects the essence of this commandment.  Do for your spouse.  Do for your children.  Find some small way today that you can show your love to your family.
  2. Work and Career: Integrating faith into professional life involves approaching work with integrity, compassion, and a sense of purpose. By dedicating one’s professional endeavors to the service of others, individuals can fulfill the command in their daily work.  If you work for a company who is unapologetically Christian, like I do, that’s easy. If you’re in a company who doesn’t share that value, find small ways that you can spread God’s love.  Start a lunch bunch group, a reading club, or get together a group of coworkers and volunteer somewhere.  I promise you will never regret it.  Join the conversation on KLDC’s facebook page, too!  Community is all-important in fulfilling God’s command to love.
  3. Community Engagement: Active participation in community service and outreach programs serves as a tangible expression of loving the Lord with strength. Whether it’s helping neighbors, volunteering at local charities, or advocating for social justice, individuals can contribute to the well-being of the community.  You can use our sister station KLTT’s Church directory if you’re in Denver, otherwise feel free to contact us if you are in search of a forever home church. We’ll help you!
  4. Personal Growth: Embracing spiritual practices such as prayer, meditation, and reflection contributes to personal growth and the development of a strong and resilient soul. This, in turn, allows individuals to face life’s challenges with a sense of peace and grace.  Your time spent with Jesus in prayerful meditation is priceless.  Connecting with God on that level is a feeling that is hard to express, but it is essential for those of us under God’s wonderful grace.  Always be growing in Christ: learn, teach, do.


Mark 12:30 encapsulates a profound call to love the Lord with all aspects of our being—heart, soul, mind, and strength. In weaving this Godly love into the fabric of everyday life, individuals can find purpose and fulfillment in their “noblesse oblige” or higher calling by obedience to Him. By embracing this call, one not only enriches their personal relationship with God but also becomes a beacon of love, compassion, and goodness in the world and more importantly a lamp in the dark to those who have ignored Jesus’ hand in their lives. As we navigate the complexities of existence, let us strive to embody the teachings of Mark 12:30, fostering a love that connects us to Jesus and allows us to bask in the light of the Holy Spirit.

If you’re having trouble with any of these ideas, use the form below to connect with KLTT staff and make the subject Mark 12.  We believe that community is one of the most profound and wonderful gifts that God has given humanity, and we’ll gladly help you to find a light in the darkness.

Blessings to you and yours!


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