Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.
-Mark 12:30 (NIV)

It’s called The Great Commandment. It was the answer Jesus gave when asked “Of all the commandments which is the most important?” Jesus called it the “first and greatest commandment” in Matthew 22:38. As you reflect on this passage in your Lectio Divina today, consider the measure of love that God desires from us and the depth of love God has for us. That He would desire us to love Him from our whole being heart, soul, mind and body raises the bar on what loving God means. Try and remove any pre-conceived ideas you may have on what loving God means to you and ask God to speak to your heart as you read this passage out loud to yourself as though it were the first time you’ve read it. What is He saying to you about the depth and measure of love?

It’s so easy to say those words “I love you.” Read the passage out loud again and then ask God what He wants you to do in response to this first and greatest command. Be specific in your response as it could mean adjustments in your schedule, your relationships, your health, the way you spend your money, what you read or watch on TV and how you spend your leisure time. For from restricting us, God is inviting us into an intimacy with Him that nothing else could possibly satisfy. How can you engage your heart, your soul, your mind and your strength in your relationship with God? If we are to learn to love and experience love in our One Month to Love Challenge, we must begin with the first and greatest commandment of all. As you apply what God is revealing to you in your love relationship with Him, watch how it will spill over into your relationships with others.

Now read the passage one more time and allow God’s presence to refresh you with the depth of His love for you. Our love for God is a response to His love for us. He left nothing in Heaven but gave us His all to demonstrate His great love for us. Through Jesus God loved us no less that He asks us to love Him. He loved us with all His heart, soul, mind and strength. Regardless of how unlovely you may feel, thank God for loving you that much. Let His love fill your heart, soul, mind and body.

Christine’s Detox Tea

Serves 5

  • 3 ounces fresh ginger, peeled and sliced
  • 3 dandelion root tea bags 3 milk thistle tea bags
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 30 drops artichoke extract
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

Combine 5 cups of water and the ginger in a large saucepan. Bring to a gentle boil and boil for 1 minute. Remove from the heat. Add the tea bags and cinnamon sticks. Cover and steep for 15 minutes. Strain into a large pitcher. Add the artichoke extract and lemon juice. Stir and refrigerate for 30 minutes or until cold.

Nutrition facts per 1-cup serving: 4 calories, 0 grams protein, 1 gram carbohydrate, 0 grams fat

Free Drink: It’s only 4 calories!

Artichoke extract is available at Amazon.com and helps with digestion and liver detoxification. Thirty drops is the equivalent of one dose.

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