“Love the Lord your God with all your heart, mind, and strength.”

I randomly think of this commandment God gives us. Some days I feel like I am there; others I am not. As I read this verse this morning, I found myself missing the way I used to feel dizzy in love with Jesus and the Gospel. In some ways, I am grateful for this. I’m grateful for a hunger that legitimately aches for closeness with God because I have also walked through seasons of apathy and numbness.

It’s funny how when we talk about why we love someone, it seems to stir up affection for the person, but rarely do I ask myself WHY I love Jesus.

I just know that I do and I forget all of His beautiful characteristics or details that are special to my heart.

So I started making a list of all of the reasons why I love Jesus. There were so many, and five minutes later, there I was.. crying and heart beating fast because of the simple reminder of who Jesus is.

When lots of other things compete for my affection and my attention, my prayer is that Jesus will be my first love.

So I guess this is me saying that I am in love with Jesus and I’ll keep reminding myself of this during the days when I forget why.

Today’s reason:

“He is gentle with compassion, yet fierce with boldness and courage. He doesn’t run from confrontation, but speaks the truth in love.”