“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. The second is this: Love your neighbor as yourself. There is no commandment greater than these.”
Mark 12:30-31 NIV
The website shipit.co.uk asked a number of immigrants what they love about living in Canada. It says “If you want to raise children in Canada, you will be pleased with the conclusions from expats already living in the country. It ranked sixth globally for family life in the HSBC Expat Country Guide, with security and good levels of education all contributing, as well as a focus on sports and outdoors activities. Often weekends are spent escaping to the mountains, lakeside lodges and the coast, anything to connect with nature and shake of the stresses of the big cities.”
Those who have fallen in love, truly fallen in love, understand what it means to love someone so deeply that nothing else matters except spending time with and caring for that person. It seems that your whole being – body, mind and soul – are singularly focused on the other person in the relationship. You plan how you can honour that person, provide for, care for, and please. If that is the case for human love, it is far deeper and transformational when it is our love for God. In Mark 12:30-31 Jesus says, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. The second is this: Love your neighbour as yourself. There is no commandment greater than these.” Those of us who have experienced the love of God through faith in Jesus Christ, those of us who have known the joy of sins forgiven and eternity guaranteed, have no problem at all loving God with everything in us. It is a command, that is true, but it is also a great joy.
These have been words from the heart.