Two bible scholars have weighed in with books that emphasize love as the heart of our life with God—a stirring reminder for those of us who function in brain mode and speak of the practices of spiritual formation so adamantly that it begins to feel like boot camp. Faith is personal, intense; our loves are reordered, our passions rekindled.
Scot McKnight contends that Jesus zeroes in on loving the Lord our God and loving our neighbors as ourselves as the vortex of spirituality. This “Jesus creed,” writes McKnight, “defines what spiritual formation is.” Mark Allan Powell reminds us that love for God isn’t just a feeling, it’s something we’re commanded to do. Still, he writes, “there is absolutely nothing wrong with feeling emotional about our relationship with God—indeed, there is probably something wrong with never feeling that way.”