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Deuteronomy 6:5 says, “Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.” But in the Gospels Jesus adds, “with all your mind” (Matt. 22:37; Mark 12:30; Luke 10:27). What is going on here?

Very good observation! It is true that in Deuteronomy 6:5 we are told to love the LORD with all of our heart, soul, and strength, and it is true that in the Gospels Jesus includes the “mind.” You may have also noticed in Deuteronomy the word all. We are not merely to feel nice things about God, but we are to love Him with every facet of who we are—heart, soul, and strength. The mind is clearly implied in this text, but Jesus highlights what was implied by adding the word mind. He emphasized the importance of the thought life and mental devotion of believers. He deliberately extended His own word to include the intellectual dimension of Christian living. We are to love the LORD with all of our minds, which entails learning how to think Christianly and biblically about all of life.

For help with loving the LORD with the mind, I suggest the following books: The Christian Mind by Harry Blamires and The Scandal of the Evangelical Mind by Mark Noll.

BY Dr. Winfred O. Neely

Dr. Winfred Neely is Vice President and Dean of Moody Theological Seminary and Graduate School. An ordained minister, Winfred has served churches across the city of Chicago, the near west suburbs, and Senegal, West Africa. He is the author of How to Overcome Worry (Moody Publishers) and a contributor to the Moody Bible Commentary and Moody Handbook of Preaching. Winfred and his wife Stephne have been married for forty years and have four adult children and nine grandchildren.

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