40 Days of Compassion - Day 12 - Love God With All Your Mind

Begin your time with God in prayer.

Praise God for who He is.  Confess any sin so that nothing blocks your fellowship with Him.  Ask God to use the Spirit and the Word to transform your life.

Let God’s Word penetrate your head and your heart.

"Whoever has my commandments and keeps them, he it is who loves me. And he who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and manifest myself to him.”  John 14:21

"Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect."  Romans 12:2

Loving God with our minds means loving Him with our thoughts, through our study, by reflecting on Him and the truth in His word, and ultimately through our obedience.  It starts with spending time in His Word in order to get to know Him, learning what pleases Him and how He desires for us to live.  Then it is taking the time to choose with our minds to adjust our lives to His will.  John 14:21 is very clear.  The one who loves God both knows His commandments and keeps them.

Apply God’s Word to your life.

·  Take a moment and reflect on some of the verses we have been reading.

·  What is one command God has been convicting you to obey?

·  What choices will you make with your mind today so that you can obey?  Who will hold you accountable?

Father, thank you for giving me a mind.  Give me the discipline to use my mind to get to know You better and to learn what pleases You.  Help me sense the leading and conviction of the Spirit so that I can live for You.  Give me the desire to obey Your Word.  Amen

Related verses to meditate on:

"By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and obey his commandments."  1 John 5:2

"We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ."  2 Corinthians 10:5

"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


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