This is from the famous: Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul and with all your mind…
I wondered if it’s possible that it means like “Serve” or “Respect”, since it’s hard to say “I love God more than I love my parents”. Isn’t that like apples and oranges? I’d like to say I love God BY loving people, but this changed my mind on it back to what I knew deep down, all along—He wants us to really love him and take pleasure in being with Him like we would with our closest friends and family…only more so—and to do what HE prefers. Wow.
Original Word: ἀγαπάω
Part of Speech: Verb
Phonetic Spelling: (ag-ap-ah’-o)
Short Definition: I love
Definition: I love, wish well to, take pleasure in, long for; denotes the love of reason, esteem.
Cognate: 25 agapáō – properly, to prefer, to love; for the believer, preferring to “live through Christ” (1 Jn 4:9,10), i.e. embracing God’s will (choosing His choices) and obeying them through His power. 25 (agapáō) preeminently refers to what God prefers as He “is love” (1 Jn 4:8,16). See 26 (agapē).
With the believer, 25 /agapáō (“to love”) means actively doing what the Lord prefers, with Him (by His power and direction). True 25 /agapáō (“loving”) is always defined by God – a “discriminating affection which involves choice and selection” (WS, 477). 1 Jn 4:8,16,17 for example convey how loving (“preferring,” 25 /agapáō) is Christ living His life through the believer.