Trinitarian is not Polytheistic
4 Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. 5 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.
God greatly desires to reveal Himself to us through the scriptures. In this passage, God reveals that He is One God, not three Gods, or three separate beings, but three separate persons who together are one God. Matt Slick, President and founder of CARM.org, explains this very well on his website.
Longs to Love
God is perfect, and has no needs. But since God has made us in His image, we can see certain traits and desires of God within us. And one of the traits that He exhibits is that God is love. He lavishes His love upon us in many ways:
- Knowing that we would sin against Him, God STILL created us.
- God shows his love for EVERYONE by being impartial – showing no favoritism
- God’s mercies renew every morning
- God’s grace is shown in allowing His One and Only Son to die on the cross so that we could be reconciled to Him
- God calls those who respond to Jesus His children. And He treats His children like any good, kind, encouraging, mentoring father would.
He also shows His love through His people Israel. How many times does He send them into foreign lands to chastise them and them bring them back to Himself?
Longs for Love
God also wants us to love Him. He so greatly desired this that He allowed His Son, Jesus Christ, to die on the cross to save us from our sins. Yes, this is so important that we need to constantly remind ourselves of His level of dedication to everyone that He creates. And He desires that we love Him – not for being a gift-giver, but rather for who HE is. He greatly desires that we be in communion with Him in His perfect love.
So great is God’s desire for us to love Him as He loves us (as an expression of being made in His image), that we are to love Him with:
- ALL of our heart – the inner person: the mind and the will (our thoughts and convictions, which should direct everything we think, say, and do)
- ALL of our soul – the greatest desire of our being (our emotions and desires)[Please Note: This can also be translated life, or spirit]
- ALL of our strength – To the extent that we exert ourselves in action (our deeds)
God longs to reveal Himself to us, and does so by helping us to experience Himself though His character. God doesn’t do things the way that we do them. He carefully plans everything perfectly, and follows through with His plans to bring them to fruition – in perfect harmony with His desires and will.
The Trinitarian Trait
Because God is One, we love just one God, not three Gods, or three beings; but three persons who are One God – unified in will, purpose, and love.
The Qualifying Question
So let’s ask the question: Are we loving God with all of our heart, soul, and strength?
A short prayer of preparation:
Father in Heaven, thank You for your unfailing love, mercy, compassion, and grace that You pour out upon us every day. You reveal Yourself through Your creation, Your word, and Your work in our lives. Help me this day, Lord God, to love You with complete abandon. May my heart so greatly desire You that all other passions are mere whispers in comparison. Help me to better grasp Your love so that regardless of my circumstances, it would be settled in my heart. Watch over me as evil increases, that my love would not grow cold. Strengthen me this day for the works that You have planned for me before the universe was created, and reveal them to me as I yield myself to You. This I ask and pray in the name of Your Most Beloved Son, Jesus Christ, Amen.