“The most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this: ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.”
- Mark 12:29-31
“Heart and soul, I fell in love with you
Heart and soul, the way a fool would do, madly
Because you held me tight
And stole a kiss in the night”
- Hoagy Carmichael, Heart and Soul
Hoagy Carmichael recognized that there was a difference in heart and soul. Jesus took that a step further and nearly 2000 years before; according to the Scripture above, there is a difference in heart, soul, mind, and strength.
It is our soul that lives forever. Science can explain that once the brain dies, or the heart, the oxygen that is needed by the cells in our body quits flowing, and the body dies. Thus, science can explain that the heart, mind, and strength are interrelated, but science cannot measure the soul. Science has no idea where it is. Then again, a scientist measured bodies slightly before death and after death. The body after death has consistently less mass. Thus, the scientist assumed that the body weighed less due to the soul leaving the body. Yet, this is not widely accepted in scientific circles.
Of course, the ‘heart’ that Jesus talks about is not the one pumping blood. As Mark Lowry suggests, Lowry doesn’t think when Jesus comes into our ‘heart’ that He sits there watching the corpuscles flow by. Lowry further says that the heart is the seat of the emotions in Western culture. Thus, Jesus enters, and reigns upon, the throne, the seat of the emotions.
So, Jesus wants us to love God with our entire body. He wants us to love God with our entire mind – all our thoughts. He wants us to love God with all our emotions – glorifying God, even when sad, heartbroken, or ashamed. And He especially wants us to love God with our entire soul – that’s the part that stays alive to worship God forever.
Soli Deo Gloria. Only to God be the Glory.