How Can We Really Love with All of Our Hearts, Souls, and Minds?

I love the scripture that talks about loving God with all of our heart, soul, and mind. We are whole people. Though sometimes our lives can seem like little boxes…

…the work me.

…the home me.

…the church me.

In reality, we cannot separate ourselves into these types of silos. Of course, we will try. Culture tells us we have to. 

But, God’s Word says differently.

Jesus replied, “‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’ 

Matthew 22:37, NLT

1 Thessalonians says we are spirit, soul, and body. It takes all parts of us to love God well.

Heart, Soul, and Mind

So, what does it mean to love God with all of our heart, soul, and mind?

If you don’t read another word of this blog, hear this:

Heart – Spend time with people.

Soul – Spend time with Jesus.

Mind – Spend time in God’s Word.

That’s it. That’s the recipe. 

Stop for just a moment and think about your last 24 hours. Where did you spend those 1,440 minutes? Have you spent time loving others well? Have you spent time with Jesus? Have you read your Bible?

I pray you will receive these words, not as items to add to a to-do list, but as rhythms that create a life on purpose…a life that honors the Lord…a life that delights in Him.

Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart. 

Psalm 37:4, ESV

You may be thinking, “That’s a nice verse, but what does that look like practically?” Well, let’s start with the end in mind (pun intended!).

Love the Lord Your God with Your Mind

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.

Philippians 4:8, ESV

I love this scripture. I seriously believe it is the definition of loving God with our minds. From a practical standpoint, what we meditate on reflects what we truly love.

(This may get a bit harsh, but I pray you hang with me.)

If your stream of consciousness were written in a journal, what would show up the most?

Do you think about your family?

Do you think about your work?

Do you think about your own feelings/emotions?

Do you think about your never-ending to-do list?

Do you think about your fill-in-the-blank?

Look at those questions for a minute. What is the common denominator? 


If what we think about the most, is what we truly love, are we a society that is mostly in love with ourselves?

Then Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.” 

Matthew 16:24, ESV

Go back to the Philippians 4:8 verse above. What if our stream of consciousness looked like…

…thoughts of Truth.

…thoughts of honorable things.

…thoughts of justice.

…thoughts of loveliness.

…thoughts of praise worthiness.

This will seem like a silly question, but if these were our thoughts, who would we be thinking about? What would be filling our minds?

I’d venture to say Jesus.

The more time we spend reading God’s Word, the more we will fill our minds with the things that help us to love God with all of our minds.

Love the Lord Your God with Your Heart

The Bible cautions us though. We cannot love God with just our minds. We must also love with our hearts.

We know that we all have knowledge. Knowledge makes people arrogant, but love builds people up. 

1 Corinthians 8:1, CSB

Knowing is important, but knowing about something isn’t the same as loving something. For example, check out the Pharisees in the Gospels. Goodness did the “know” scripture! But, over and over, they were so wrapped up in being “right” that they didn’t get it “right.”

I venture to say that loving God with all of our hearts will seep out into how we love others.

I’ve been working with a group of people lately who have been working so hard. Their need to work hard can feel exhausting some days, but do you know what? They love one another well by demonstrating joy in their hard work. In the extra work, they are encouraging one another. In the hard work, they are using their creativity to create opportunities to give God the glory.

Loving is not easy, but it is worth it!

Love the Lord Your God with Your Soul

In our culture, sometimes I think loving God with all our souls may be the hardest. I don’t want to oversimplify this idea, but I tend to think about loving with my soul in terms of my time with Jesus.

Spending time with Jesus goes beyond reading my Bible, which is important.

It goes beyond saying your morning and evening prayers, which is important.

It goes beyond Sunday church service, which is important.

Pray continually. 

1 Thessalonians 5:17, NIV

This verse is so short, but (again, at the risk of oversimplifying) I tend to think this verse helps me understand what it means to love God with all my soul. 

Am I continually seeking his guidance?

Am I continually in conversation with Him?

Is my first response before every decision to pray?

I certainly don’t get this right. Culture is loud. Busyness is real. Distraction is everywhere.

But, I am thankful for the Holy Spirit, who is always working and growing me.

Love the Lord

(I realize this blog is longer than what you may typically read over here at P3T. If you are still hanging with me…THANK YOU!)

As we wrap up our time together, I’d encourage you to grab a journal. There are several questions posed throughout this blog post. Spend some time on them. While journaling may not create instant change as you try to love the Lord with all of your heart, soul, and mind, journaling will create an opportunity to reflect, pray, and connect with your Creator. After all, God’s Word is clear about our purpose.

And you shall 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: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.”

Mark 12:30-31, ESV

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7 responses to “How Can We Really Love with All of Our Hearts, Souls, and Minds?”

  1. Andria Kaskey Avatar
    Andria Kaskey

    Tyra, there is SO much goodness in this post… it encompasses all of life, really. Thank you for giving me so much to think about.Andria 

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    1. Tyra Harnishfeger Avatar

      Thank your for your kind feedback! 💕

  2. Susie Avatar

    Using this for my journal reflection today!

  3. Cheryl Avatar

    You did a great job covering three broad topics. Even without the questions, there’s so much to think about. Thank you for sharing.

    1. Tyra Harnishfeger Avatar

      It’s been a few weeks since I wrote these words, and I’m still thinking about them. God’s Word is so active.

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