Revelation 14 Lesson

Loving God With All Our Heart, Mind, And Soul


When our time on Earth is done, will we be able to say that we served God with all our heart, all our soul, and all our mind?

If we cannot, then we have failed to obey the greatest commandment in the Law!

When Jesus was asked what the greatest commandment was, He responded:

  • “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.  This is the great and foremost commandment.” – Mathew 22:37-38.

God wants us to use our entire being in our service to Him.  To do this, we need to prioritize, sacrifice, and get to work!

This does not mean that our works can save us.  That would be in direct contradiction to the following two scriptures:

  1. “For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.” - Ephesians 2:8-9,
  2. “Nevertheless knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the Law but through faith in Christ Jesus, even we have believed in Christ Jesus, so that we may be justified by faith in Christ and not by the works of the Law; since by the works of the Law no flesh will be justified.” - Galatians 2:16.

Our works, however, are important.  To say otherwise, would be in contradiction to the following scripture:

  • “What use is it, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but he has no works? Can that faith save him?  If a brother or sister is without clothing and in need of daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and be filled,” and yet you do not give them what is necessary for their body, what use is that?  Even so faith, if it has no works, is dead, being by itself.” – James 2:14-17.

As followers of Jesus, we cannot simply ignore what He tells us is the greatest commandment. 

God tells us through the Bible that the most important thing to Him is that we love Him with all our heart, soul, and mind.

But what does that mean?

In today’s study, we will look at what it means to:

  1. Love God with all our heart,
  2. Love God with all our soul,
  3. Love God with all our mind. 


As Jesus talks about the greatest commandment and loving God, the first thing that He mentions is the heart. 

Keeping our hearts pure and soft is essential if we are going to go to Heaven

A tender heart is something to be treasured and sought after. Asking God to soften our hearts is something that all of us need to do throughout our lives.

In the following three scriptures, we see how important it is to God that we have pure and clean hearts. We also see the importance of asking God for His help as we try to not let the world harden our hearts.

  1. “Create in me a clean heart, God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.” - Psalm 51:10,
  2. “I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; and I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.” - Ezekiel 36:26,
  3. “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.” - Mathew 5:8.


We can have every material possession in the world and still live a failed life.  Jesus spoke about this in Mathew’s Gospel:

  • “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me. For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it; but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it. For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul? - Mathew 16:24-26.

We need to protect ourselves from being worn down by the sinful nature of the world.  There are several ways that we can accomplish this.

One is by putting on the full armor of God. (Ephesians 6:10-17)

Another is to pray for God to restore our souls:

  • “He restores my soul; He guides me in the paths of righteousness for the sake of His name” - Psalm 23:3.


What is it that we spend our time thinking about? 

Are our thoughts pure? 

Would we be embarrassed if we had to verbalize our thoughts to God?

What we think about is important to God and can directly affect where we spend eternity.  So what is it that we are supposed to be thinking about? Paul answered this question for us in his letter to the Philippians:

  • “Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things.” – Philippians 4:8

Many people today spend their time thinking about which sinful pleasure they would like to pursue next.

We have at our disposal more forms of media than ever before, and usually, the message that they are sending out is not a godly message at all.

As Christians, we are to be different!

We are to focus our minds on bringing glory to God and serving one another

In his letter to the Romans, The Apostle Paul wrote:


Loving God with all our heart, soul, and mind, should not be easy.

It is supposed to be exhausting!

Jesus did not say, “Love God with some of your heart, and with a portion of your soul, and with part of your mind,” He said:

  • “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.” - Mathew 22:37.

Loving God means keeping His commandments and that involves work.

It starts with regular Bible study so that we understand what His commandments are. After we understand what He wants us to do, we need to do it.

Jesus said:

  • “If you love Me, you will keep My commandments.” – John 14:15.

It is as simple as that.

We will end today’s lesson with the following words spoken by the Apostle Paul in his second letter to Timothy. 

These are the same words that we hope to be able to say ourselves when our time on Earth is done:

  • “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith;in the future there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day; and not only to me, but also to all who have loved His appearing.” - 2 Timothy 4:7-8.


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1) What did today’s Bible study make you think and feel?
2) How can you apply what you have just learned to something specific that is happening in your life?


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Loving God is my only hope for a serene life in this time period. I appreciate the scriptures given because they reflect God's truth and his devoted love for me. I want to love Him back the same way.

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1) What did today’s Bible study make you think and feel?
2) How can you apply what you have just learned to something specific that is happening in your life?


Pat Dermody

The heart is a symbol of love. As Christians we must demonstrate this love. Maybe if we practice this through acts of kindness, there will be less divisiveness…less” us versus them mentality.” Serving With our whole mind also means learning as much as we can about God. Our finite minds will never know all , but we can increase our knowledge through daily reading of the Bible. We can also enhance our relationship with God through a conversation with him in daily prayer by digging into the depths of our soul.These practices will help us to grow in our faith.

Pat Dermody

Great thoughts. Thank you for sharing!

Sade Stephanie Hackett

Reading the book of Revelation isn't not favorite story to read...... But I thank God for giving us clear instructions for what's to come. Thank you Lord.