Have you ever said the words, “I love you with ALL my heart!”?

God wants you to love him with all your heart. One of the key passages in the Bible is known as the Great Commandment, in which Jesus says,

You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.

~ Matthew 22:37 NLT

Whole HeartBut doesn’t God know?

Doesn’t he realize that we’re a people of good intentions, who want to fulfill this expectation, but that we’re all just so broken? Doesn’t he know our hearts are almost always divided between multiple loves?

We love God, but we also love money… or self… or pleasure… or affirmation and approval.

We’re broken because of sin – our sin, the sins others have committed that affected us, and the sinful and fallen condition of the environment in which we live. So our affection is easily diverted to whatever may seem to fill the empty places inside us for the moment even while we would always proclaim our wholehearted love for God with our lips.

Yes, God knows. He’s fully aware. Jesus once said,

These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me.

~ Matthew 15:8 NLT

On Sunday, the crowds sang, “Hosanna! The King is here!” Before the week was out, those same voices cried out, “Crucify him!”

And then Jesus, knowing the divided condition of our hearts, went to the cross to redeem and heal us forever. In dying, he made it possible for us to be forgiven and cleansed of our sins and healed from our brokenness.

And when we walk in the victory and healing power of the cross and resurrection of Jesus, we can be whole.

And when Jesus has made us whole, we can cry out with King David…

Let ALL that I am praise the Lord;
with my WHOLE heart, I will praise his holy name.
Let ALL that I am praise the Lord;
may I never forget the good things he does for me.

~ Psalm 103:1-2 NLT

Prayer Prompt

Ask God to make your heart whole by confessing any known sin in your life, receiving the redeeming and restoring work Jesus accomplished on the cross by faith, and trusting his promise to forgive and cleanse you. Then, praise God!

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