These following thoughts tie in perfectly with Pastor Steve Gray’s sermon Friday September 23rd at World Revival Church. We are to return to our first love the love of G-d and Yeshua. When we are thrust into the judgement seat with our maker the question we believers will be asked “Did you live for Yeshua or did you live for yourself?”
Tie this to the fact that G-d wants me to love Him with all my heart and soul then add this caveat to the mix that G-d wants me to love HIM with all my might.
Once again the mitzvah to return to my first love Yeshua the Jewish Messiah. Loving G-d with all my might means that I must push this love beyond all limits that I have previously had done before. Go to even more extremes in my love for G-d.
This means I must get rid of all anger, resentment, grudges, etc towards fellow Jews , believers, and everybody. I must do acts of kindness, generosity, G-dliness and this will cause a change in heaven and earth.
This action will cause a change in me as well too. This will change my attitude towards my fellows and thus loving G-d means I must learn to show acts of kindness to my fellows.
Love is a feeling but to show my love is by doing acts of kindness.
This is the real kicker. Yeshua directed me to rid of these bugaboos if I am to become like my maker HaShem. For this means I must die to self if I am to walk out a G-dly life.
This is a must. For if I don’t I will surely die.
I don’t want to die and lose my relationship with HaShem
I want to please my father.
The next step is repent for my wrong thoughts, actions and deeds. Repent is derived from the word Metanoeo. Meta means after and Noeo means to think. Thus repentance means to change my mind.
“Moses then informed the Jewish people that in the future, they would undergo periods of infidelity to G‑d’s covenant, and suffer as a result. Nonetheless, even then, the path of return to G‑d would always be open.
[Moses told the Jewish people,] “You will return to G‑d with all your heart and with all your soul.” Deuteronomy 30:2
Whereas we are here commanded to return to G‑d with all our heart and soul, we have been commanded previously to love G‑d not only with all our heart and soul, but with “all our might.” What is the reason for this difference?
Loving G‑d “with all our might” means being devoted to Him beyond what we consider “normal,” i.e., beyond what makes sense logically.
Repentance, on the other hand, requires that we forge a stronger relationship with G‑d than our present one. That relationship with G‑d, after all, was too weak to keep us from wrongdoing and therefore from needing to repent. We therefore need to deepen our feelings toward G‑d, in order for Him to mean more to us than the indulgences that we have learned to rationalize.
Thus, whereas the Torah bids us to love G‑d beyond what seems “normal,” it bids us to repent by making what used to be “beyond” us into our new “normal.” The processes associated with repentance and love are directly opposite, the first taking us beyond our innate limitations and the second bringing transcendence into limited consciousness.1 Likutei Sichot, vol. 14, p. 120, footnote