When the Lord Jesus Christ was asked what the greatest commandment was, He responded, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment.” Matthew 22: 37-38. This is what we have always heard, and we accept it because it is in the Bible. However, if we were to examine our beliefs, we would see that what we love is only the idea of having a God, because we need to believe in something that is bigger than ourselves, or perhaps because we do not like to take responsibility for our actions. We do not want to accept that we ourselves attracted the misfortune. We prefer to say the punishment is from God. We prefer to feel like His victims. That is not love at all. It is fear. Each person perceives God in a different way, depending on the teachings received from our parents or our spiritual teachers. But when we accept that notion, we make it part of our set of beliefs. The problem with seeing God that way is that when we face adversity, if we believe that He is punishing us, where do we go for help? We feel abandoned.
Why did we have to be commanded to love God? Because we forgot love Him. We are His creation "For in Him we live and move and have our being" Acts 17:28. He is our Father and He created us with love and to love. But we forgot. We have been in a deep state of amnesia. Instead of loving Him, we fear Him, and we can never love that which we fear. We can only give our finest if we are in harmony with Him. We need to relearn to love Him. We need to trust that God will never hurt us. If we learn to be thankful for what we have, it is going to bring us closer to God, because a thankful heart is closer to Him. Let’s take a moment to analyze our position towards God. As our Father He only needs to have our trust in order to guide us. God already knows how we are, but we perceive Him as something abstract, and we talk to Him with prefabricated prayers that we know by memory. Or we talk to a statue that symbolizes Him. We don’t perceive Him a being who is really listening to us in that moment. To be congruent – believing what we say - we need to change our perception and learn to see God as the loving Father that He is, someone who only wants our happiness.
We also say that God is immutable, but if in Him there is no shadow of turning, and He is the same yesterday, today and forever, how can we believe that He is also the author of disasters or of bad events? He cannot be both. We can only trust God, or ourselves, and we will have a life with peace, or with anxiety. Is it our choice. Perhaps some of us don’t even know why we fear God. One reason could be because we don’t believe His Word, and we don’t believe it because our life is not one of joy and triumph as the Bible describes for God’s children. Another reason could be that we fear what we assume goes with loving God. We fear that if we say, "What do You want me to do?", He will give us a list of things to do, and we do not want that. But if God only loves us, and He wants us to be happy, disaster or misfortune cannot possibly come from Him, because in Him there is no duality. So perhaps we need to understand that the promises of God are agreements between Him and us. The two parts are required in order for the agreements to be carried out. God always does the biggest part, and a small part is left for us to do, yet our part is indispensable and it is conditional for His promise to take place.
“Do you really believe you can make a voice that can drown out God's? Do you really believe you can devise a thought system that can separate you from Him? Do you really believe you can plan for your safety and joy better than He can? You need be neither careful nor careless; you need merely cast your cares upon Him because He careth for you. You are His care because He loves you. His Voice reminds you always that all hope is yours because of His care. You cannot choose to escape His care because that is not His Will, but you can choose to accept His care and use the infinite power of His care for all those He created by it.” ACIM T.5.vii.1. God’s Word said, "You will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart." Jeremiah 29:13. This requires action on our part. If we seek Him with all our heart, He will make Himself known to us and we will love Him with all our heart, and with all our soul, and with all our mind.
“Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.” Psalm 51: 10.