Jesus replied: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.”
Matthew 22:37 NIV
Love the Lord
Craig MacDonald, the tour director of Ottawa Walking tours, says this: “What I love about Ottawa is the wide diversity of options available to locals and visitors alike. If you are into history and culture, check out the numerous national museums and federal monuments.
Are you an art and indie fan? Then countless galleries and public art displays are found throughout the city centre. Are you a foodie? Ottawa has one of the world’s cutting edge culinary scenes to discover. Travelling with a family? Ottawa has everything you need for family fun from water parks to hands-on activities for the kids.”
There are lots of things, and people, we love. The kind of love and the extent of that love differs – my love for my wife and family is so different, and deeper, than my love for strawberry rhubarb pie, for example. The Greeks have a number of words for love – they understand that brotherly love is different than erotic love, which is different than God’s unconditional, no strings attached love for His creation. The word the Greeks use for God’s love is agape, which is the root of the word that Jesus uses in Matthew 22:37: “Jesus replied: ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’” God loves us with a love that doesn’t depend on our actions or attitude. He loved us when we were still in our sin and rebellion against Him. His love is without limits and freely offered. Jesus calls us, commands us, to love God in the same way. It demands that we love God with abandon, fully, completely. Do you?
These have been words from the heart.