Loving The Lord With Your Whole Soul

What does it mean to love God with your whole soul? Let’s dig into the Hebrew word soul to have a deeper understanding of how we are to authentically love God.

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When I was in high school, I took Spanish as an elective for all four years. And when I went to college, I continued to take Spanish. In retrospect, I really wish these institutions of learning would have taught me Hebrew. In my adult life, learning Hebrew has helped me far more than any other course of higher learning. Here’s why…

Hebrew is a very specific, concrete, and deep language. Most of the Old Testament of the Bible is written in Hebrew. And if you can understand even just a little bit of Hebrew, you can unlock great meaning in the Bible’s Holy words.

The Shema

Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one. You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates. Deut 6:4-9

This scripture was part of a prayer Jesus would have prayed every day, probably in the morning and evening. It is part of a bigger prayer called the Shema (pronounced sh-mah’), a call-to-action, an ancient prayer of commitment to follow the Lord,

Jesus prayed the words above and taught them and called them the ‘greatest commandment (Mark 12:28-30). But what does it mean to “love God with all of our soul’? If Jesus said that this was the greatest commandment, isn’t it important to know, really know, what it means?

What Is One’s Soul

We can have a deeper understanding of this scripture if we look at the meaning of the word soul. The soul is nephesh in Hebrew. This word, when boiled down to its basic core, means LIFE!

“Love the Lord with your whole soul” means we should love the Lord with our lives, moment by moment, for our whole lives. Not just on Sundays during church, not just on Christmas and Easter, and not just when we feel like it!

Loving the Lord with all our soul means loving the Lord on good days, on bad days, and on all days in between. It means having an eternal love affair with Him because of his extravagant love for us!

Loving God with all our life is not a wishy-washy love. It is not controlled by feelings. It is a love born out of a decision and a choice. It is a commitment to love God with and in every part of our lives!

Our Deepest Calling

Jesus is calling us to love God with our life…


Every moment of every day and in every circumstance! Isn’t that just what Jesus did? He loved God and us with His whole life!

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Have a blessed Sunday!

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  1. Kathryn Ross says:

    I admire your including the spiritual connection in your blog. Afterall, we have so much for which to be grateful, and our ability to make life good for ourselves and others requires the ongoing recognition that we are loving and accountable to the greatest One of all. . .
    Thank you for all you do on your site.
    God bless,
    from Halifax, Nova Scotia

  2. Thank you for a lovely post. Could you write a post on how you became comfortable with praying or talking to God through out the day? Thank you.

    1. This post is a great and I look forward to it each week. It is a great inspiration…Thank You

  3. Decided to read your blog before going to church and it is (as always) such and inspiration. Thank you so much for this everyday reminder.

  4. Lovely post.Have a wonderful Sunday.

  5. Nancy reilly says:

    There are no more perfect words to live by! May my life reflect this passage!

  6. Thank you for a meaningful Sunday post.

  7. Robin Talley says:

    Beautiful scripture and very beautiful article! I loved it. Thank you for this uplifting quote to start my Sunday with.

  8. Wonderful to read first thing when I wake up! Thank you for your commitment to share His love with us!
    Enjoy your Sunday. Blessings ? Annette

  9. Gina Morrison says:

    Thank you for your Sunday posts! They are always inspirational and educational. Blessings to you from North Carolina

  10. Wonderful words…praying now for my sick husband. Have a blessed day.

  11. Theresa Nolan says:

    Such a good word! Thank you. If we love him we will keep his commandments – what does that look like in our lives? To capture every thought, to pray that our hearts are clean and our intent always loving, to help those in need…tall orders for all of us! Pressing on to finish the race.

  12. Donna Smith says:

    Thank you so much for these encouraging words this morning. I’m having to work today (thankful for a good job) but would have liked to have been in a church service. God gave me the desire of my heart with your encouraging words. I am strengthened and ready to tackle the work ahead of me. May you have a God Blessed Day as well!

  13. Theresa Winterberry Lane says:

    What wonderful words to live by. Thanks Yvonne and have a blessed day!

  14. Blessed be you, Yvonne….smiles…..Anne

  15. Carol Elkins says:

    Love your Sunday posts! It’s a beautiful verse and something we need to remember every day.

  16. Thoroughly enjoy your scripture posts. What a wonderful world this would be if everyone lived by the commandments! You are an inspiration.

  17. Grace Coyle says:

    Thank you . I give thanks to our Lord and Savior every morning before my feet hit the floor and every evening before I close my eyes. He is everything to me.
    Thank you for such a beautiful post. May God Bless You.

  18. Yes! He is Lord of all……even our good days and bad days!

  19. Yvonne, I really look forward to your Sunday Scripture lessons. I think you should publish them in a book, I’d be your first customer. God bless you.

  20. BEAUTIFUL. Thank you so much.

  21. Anne Marie says:

    Beautiful – thanks!

  22. Patty from Colorado says:

    Beautifully said ❤️?❤

  23. Yes indeed! Sometimes we can get off Track! Need to focus on Gods word !

  24. Well said & thank you. Something I hope to share with my grands!!

  25. Amen! The Lord is good all the time. he is calling His people to have intimacy with Him in your prayer closet. he has ask His prayer warriors to fast and pray for Trump. He has been chosen by God to be His Cirus, yes, to really make America great. The Lord calls America a gift for the nations, specially to help His people, Israel. Obama would have never done it. he wanted the destruction of Israel as a nation as well as our nation. But trump is all the contrary. Please join the body of Christ in prayer, fasting and intercession for Trump. Every Friday night witches and warlocks are getting together in their malls as they call the place were they meet and making sacrifices to make spells and hexes against Trump. We need to intercede for Him constantly until further notice by the Lord.
    May the Lord reveal to you what He wants you to do in obedience for the nation.
    May the Lord keep you

  26. What a lovely post.

  27. Beautiful words for a Sunday or any day.

  28. What an inspiring post. Thank you.

  29. This scripture verse is the very first thing I can remember memorizing for a Sunday School lesson over 60 years ago!

  30. I love your Sunday posts. Thanks for the inspiration and reminder of the Lord’s love for us.

  31. What a beautiful lesson for me. I need to love the Lord my God with my whole life, whether we are together on the mountain of joy, or in the valley of suffering.
    With your permission I would like to share this with my life group.

  32. Thank you for including GOD and JESUS on your blog. We all need the presence of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit in our lives.

  33. Franceen Patti says:

    This prayer is so true. Wish everyone would see it.

  34. Patty Soriano says:

    A beautiful reminder in our fast and hurried lives. I find your weekly scripture inspires me to slow down and pay more attention to my prayers.

  35. Franceen Patti says:

    Words to live by. Beautiful prayer.

  36. Marilyn Soto says:

    lovely post Yvonne , my Husband teaches a Sunday school class for the young adults (20-30) on renewing the mind and this is our class themes scripture .

  37. Amen! My pastor used this verse today in his sermon.

  38. Shirley Herchline says:

    Thank you so much for your Sunday posts. Your insights are always wonderful. Can never get enough of the scriptures

  39. We are to love God with all of our being! He is so good!!

  40. God is good!! Have a blessed Sunday.

  41. Every. Single. Day. This blog inspires – inside or outside, spiritually or encouragemently < not a word, hope you get it anyway.

    Thank you. God bless.

    Have a WONDERFUL week, Yvonne. Hope you are getting around a tad better this week. ♥

  42. Amen. Have a blessed week.

  43. This is a wonderful Sunday post. It is very inspiring.

  44. Carmen Martin says:

    I really enjoyed this post, it is a good reminder & a great way to start the week!

  45. Deborah Wainwright says:

    Thanks for your insight on this scripture. Lovely.

  46. Thank you for sharing your heart.

  47. After you finish writing all your books , maybe you should look into getting a job with your amazing voice , Love it and thanks for inspiring us.

  48. Marcy Leonard says:

    Perfectly stated!

  49. Shelley Anderson says:

    So wonderfully written as always. Blessings Yvonne.❤️

  50. Thanks so much for this important reminder!

  51. Thank you, Yvonne, for these words of encouragement. This has long been a favorite verse of mine. Thanks for the instructional, inspirational post today.

  52. Fran Braun says:

    I remember this verse from the mouth of every teacher I had in grade school. What an amazing way to live our lives according to His words and will.

  53. Love your Sunday morning devotions!

  54. In our Bible study this week we were referring to the Shema. I so enjoy your blogs. Thank you for including biblical truths.

  55. This is surely our foundation. One area of confusion for women can be surrendering all to Christ, then trying to figure out which worldly goals to pursue, like education or work. I would love to see a post on this. Thank you!

  56. Maggie Nelson says:

    Thank you for your words. Love the Lord at all times. His mercies endure for ever.

  57. regina jones says:

    thank you for the verse, I want to make a sign with the verse on it.

  58. I always love reading your truly heartfelt words on God. I’ve been dealing with some pretty tough battles as of late, and yet what do I always forget? To love him with my whole life…if I did that there would be no battles. Thank you for the reminder. It seems when I read your biblical principles there is a need in my life that it fills.

  59. I just found Stonegable a few days ago by chance. Now that I see that you are a follower of Jesus; I understand all the beauty and blessings that I have observed thus far.
    Amen and Amen.

  60. Yep, every second of every day. Like you say….not Sunday morning Christians, not Easter day or Christmas day Christians. Have a great week.

  61. So true and what a way to live life to the fullest!!

  62. bobbi duncan says:

    Yvonne, I love that you shine your light for the world to see! We all need that kind of love for the Lord in the world. When people live with that kind of true passion, it touches and changes the lives of so many. Bless you!

  63. Great post, Yvonne. And we can love Him, even through our home decor… bringing Him glory through it! After all, He has created us to be creative… just like Him. <3

  64. Teresa Alexander says:

    thank you so much!

  65. Mary Nell Harding says:

    Thank you for your spiritual blogs. It’s always inspiring to have a new perspective on an old verse, one we’ve read and quoted many times over. It took me a long time to realize that you can’t separate God from the rest of your life. He’s over it all, and we should always let Him guide us in everything we do and say. Without feeling His presence throughout the day, I would go nuts. It gives me such peace to know He is ALWAYS right here with me, and I can talk to to Him all through the day right here at my desk (or slip into the restroom if I really need to turn something over to Him!). Thank you again for sharing.

  66. LuAnn Meyer says:

    Thank you for this blessing❤

  67. gretchen roberson says:

    I love your scriptures..these are very precious ones to me. I live alone now with my dog..I have three grown boys. My parents have been gone for a long time..and I have a very loving relationship with Jesus!! He is always here for me and I never feel alone! What a friend we have with Jesus!!! Thanks Yvonne I love your website..I love interior design and if I’m ever sad..coming here and getting new ideas awakens that passion..especially during Fall and Christmas!!!! Thanks for your beautiful ideas!

  68. Barbara Hewitt says:

    I have visited your blog many times and have enjoyed your ideas, thank you so much for your thoughts and beautiful ideas.

  69. I look forward to your Sunday posts. I especially appreciate the connection to language and what the words mean.

  70. Carol@Blueskyathome says:

    Yvonne, lovely explanation of the Shema. Although I accepted Christ as my Lord and Savior over 30 years ago, I was raised in the Reformed Jewish faith (my mom was Baptist and my dad was Jewish). Still today I can recite the Shema in Hebrew. It is a comfort and a reminder of my relationship with God and my Jewish heritage. It’s a prayer for Jews and Christians.

  71. Thank you, Yvonne, for your uplifting Sunday posts. I look forward to them each week.
    God Bless