“Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart…” Matt. 22:37a.
The latter part of this verse explains the meaning behind the commandment. To love God with “all thy heart” encompasses all that makes you, you; your soul and your mind. Humanly this is impossible. For, we are born with an unclean heart.
“For there is not a just man upon the earth that doeth good, and sinneth not… Who can say, I have made my heart clean, I am pure from my sin?” (Ecc. 7:20; Prov. 20:9).
And as the heart is so follows the soul and the mind.
“Behold, all souls are mine; as the soul of the father, so also the soul of the son is mine: the soul that sinneth, it shall die.”Ezek. 18;4.
“And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.” Gen. 6:5.
The unclean heart manifests sin in the soul and not only imagines evil thoughts but carries them out. God does not give us a command and leave us unable to follow it. He will give us a clean, new heart, one filled with His love enabling us to love as He loves.
“Who can say, I have made my heart clean, I am pure from my sin?”
The one who cries out…”Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy lovingkindness: according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies, blot out my transgressions. Wash me thoroughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin…Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me… The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.” Ps. 51:1,2,10,17.
The one who can say along with the Corinthians…”And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.” 1Cor. 6:11.
The one who has been washed in the blood of the Lamb of God…”And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood, And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be gory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.” Rev. 1:5,6.
The impossible commandment has been made possible.
“We love him, because he first loved us.” 1John 4:19.
Praying, “…the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God, and into the patient waiting for Christ…Keep yourselves in the love of God looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.”(2Thess. 3:5; Jude 21).
“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…For with God nothing shall be impossible.” (Matt. 22:37, Luke 1:37.)