The Affections

“And the LORD thy God will circumcise thine heart, and the heart of thy seed, to love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, that thou mayest live” (Deuteronomy 30:6).

There is a command which is above all others because it encapsulates every other Biblical command. “Thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might” (Deuteronomy 6:5.) We see from our opening text that God circumcises the heart so that we can truly love Him.

The Command to love
Notice that Deuteronomy 6:5 does not command us to serve or worship or obey in the first place, but that we should “love” God. The command to love God finds its foundation in the fact that He loved us first … “We love him, because he first loved us” (1 John 4:19.) God would not ask us to love Him with all our heart if He did not love us.

The difficulty within
Why do some believers find it difficult to be consecrated and devoted to God? Surely it is because they do not really and wholly love Him. If they loved God the way they say they do, then there would be obedience and purity of heart instead of worldiness and lukewarmness. With such love every believer can look beyond all the hardships of the Christian life.

Circumcision of heart
“In whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ” (Colossians 2:11.) God performs this circumcision so that we can love Him beyond the natural.

Paul applies this circumcision of heart to our sanctification. He uses a very strong Greek word to describe what it has to entail, and it is not used outside of the New Testament. “Apekdusis” is translated as “putting off” or “putting out of.” It refers to the whole body rather than a part in physical circumcision. 

The work of sanctification cannot be complete unless it involves the whole life. Only then can we love God the way we should.

This subject may appear to be too hard to endure. The fact is, the flesh will always object to circumcision of heart. Until we are cleansed from that which hinders us from setting our love and affection upon God, we will continue be half-hearted and lukewarm towards Him. We must allow His Holy Spirit to do His sanctifying work in our lives.