Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.
Deuteronomy 6:5 (NIV)
Heart, Soul and Might
Canada’s culture, its heart and soul, is a mixture of British, French, and American influences. As well, Canada’s large foreign-born population is evident in the splendid and varied restaurants (notably South Asian) that line Toronto’s Yonge Street. Vancouver’s Chinese population has given that city a tradition of folk opera and puppetry that rival those found in China. Italian is widely spoken in the coffeehouses of Montreal, and Canada’s Indigenous peoples are finding a growing voice through a broad range of fine and folk arts.
No young couple goes into a marriage making a half-hearted commitment to that relationship. I’ve officiated at well over a hundred weddings over the years and every couple commits themselves to being faithful to the vows they share with one another. They enter a marriage giving their heart, soul and might to their love and commitment. If that is how a young married couple commits to each other out of love, how much more are we who are followers of Jesus called to commitment to Him. In Deuteronomy 6:5, the Bible says, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.” Our relationship to Jesus Christ always starts in the heart. We love Him because He first loved us, and by His death on a Roman cross, He calls us into relationship. Our love for Him must be with all our heart, and with all our soul. Unless Jesus is Lord of all in our lives, He isn’t Lord at all. He must rule and reign over everything in our lives – that’s how we love Him with all our soul and with all our strength.
These have been words from the heart.