Beyond Sundays-Luke 10:27 January’s WOW

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EL pen Logo with heartLuke 10:27: So he answered and said, ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.’”

Thanks so very much for taking time out of your busy day to stop and have a little coffee break with me and some words of wisdom to use as weapons of warfare when the flame of life turns up! Let’s get back to our WOW before January is gone!

So we are cutting up this scripture and trying to digest every tiny morsel of it and not leave any leftovers. Why? Because if we leave any of it out, there is no way we can love our neighbor, let alone recognize our neighbor, as ourselves. Remember, a neighbor is anyone we come near as we are going along in our life.

It’s sad to admit, but don’t you think we’ve gotten so judgmental in so many areas, especially when it comes to the homeless and the less fortunate? Oops, let me get back in my own car, and my own lane! 🙂 I know that there are times when I don’t hesitate to express what I’m thinking about all sorts of things that are critical in nature. As I sat and listened to the message that inspired this series and re-read this portion of scripture (Luke 10:25-36) I was and remain potently and powerfully convicted that it is NOT my role to determine how and why the less fortunate, the different ones, the homeless, are where they are. And I am so humbled by Jesus’ sweet way of convicting … His ways are gentle and never does He take someone by the gruff of the neck and rub their nose in their stuff! I know, that may have been a bit crass and I apologize but sometimes visuals are so necessary!

So in order to truly grasp how to love our neighbor as ourselves, we need to follow the order of the verse. God is the God of order, and I know down to my toes and back up to my soul that the first part of this verse makes the final part possible.

We did a little bit of digging into the heart, and I don’t know about you, but I’ve always wondered why in the world does He repeat Himself in His command to us about how to love Him: with all your heart, with all of your soul and with all your mind? I didn’t forget strength; I’m just focusing on these three now because I wonder, is there a difference?

Well, I’m thinking it’s time to discover the answer to both of those questions. Grab your shovels and let’s go do some digging together with the prayer that what we find will cast work like a spotlight on and in our journeys as we encounter neighbors. 🙂

Oh, Mylanta! The word Soul/souls is in His Love Letters to us over 500 times. Don’t panic! We’re not going to dig in all of them! We’re going straight to the one for our WOW.

Oh, this digging never ceases to amaze me. The Greek word for soul is “psuche” and is derived from “psucho” which means to breathe… gently and voluntarily! It also means breath. Ah-ha, so that confirms Genesis 2:7: “And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being.” I know; this is not making sense but hang on as we go a little deeper.

The first translation says: “The breath of life; that vital force which animates the body and shows itself in breathing.”

Well that sounds a bit impossible, doesn’t it? To love Him with every breath sounds like a set-up for failure! Could it be that that’s how much He desires that we love Him; as much as we breathe – a light just went on: Is this for emphasis for us to understand that He desires that we love Him as easily as we breathe? 🙂 Hmm, let’s keep going. Wow, what a lofty goal to reach for.

I just have to get out of my box and spread my wings in the skies of research! Bear with me.

Yes! I found something on www.biblebb.com that will bring us some clarity and I just love how they put it: “It is not ‘air’ that made us alive but the ‘spirit’ or our ‘soul’ that caused us then to start breathing the air.

I also found something on this site that explains one of the other parts we are to love God with, and this will be a bit of a shortcut. We’re going to jump over the strength part right now and go right to the mind, not out of our minds 🙂 because “spirit” and/or “soul” can also be translated to mean “mind.”

In Acts 4:32, “All the believers were of one heart and mind.” You might think those are two separate parts, and physically speaking, they can be, but think on these words for a bit:”The concept is that our ‘mind’ is really our ‘spirit/soul’ ….not the brain matter, but what is operating on and through the brain: our soul.” 

Oh, how I pray I haven’t confused you. Let me give you two more analogies that many of us who have yearned to understand the Trinity have heard because those same analogies can be used here for the heart, the soul and the mind.

We all know the egg is made up of three parts: the shell, the white and the yoke, but they are one, function as one! Or how about the apple’s parts: the core, the flesh and the skin! So it is with loving our God with all of our heart, with all of our soul and with all of our mind! They are three distinct parts that function as one!

Whew, I think we will be able to wrap this up tomorrow! Thank Goodness; February is right around the corner!

Loving our time together,

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