Charity is to love God with all our heart, all our life, and all our powers and strength. With all our heart—that is to say, that our heart, mind and study be set to believe His word, to trust in Him, and to love Him above all other things that we love best in heaven or in earth.
With all our life—that is to say, that our chief joy and delight be set upon Him and His honour; and our whole life given unto the service of Him above all things, with Him to live and die, and to forsake all other things rather than Him; for he that loves his father or mother, son or daughter, house or land, more than me, said Christ, is not worthy to have Me.
With all our powers—that is to say, with our hands and feet, with our eyes and ears, our mouths and tongues, and with all other parts and powers both of body and soul, we should be given to the keeping and fulfilling of His commandments. This is the first and principal part of charity.
“In some ways, this is the fullest expression of what Christian love is all about. It does not seek its own; it does not believe that ‘finding oneself’ is the highest good; it is not enamored with self-gain, self-justification, self-worth. To the contrary, it seeks the good of one’s neighbor or enemy.”—Gordon Fee