Sunday, May 29, 2011

I love you, God!

I love you, Lord; you are my strength. Psalm 18:1 NLT

Once when my spouse was leaving the house, I said, "I like you!" rather than "I love you!" We both laughed about it - he said that he liked me too. But it made me think about the difference between liking and loving someone.

I tolerate lots of people. I like some people. In fact, I probably find it easier to love others than like others. Does that make sense? I can both love and tolerate someone. To like them takes more effort and there is also a part of liking someone that is not something you can manipulate. It just is or it isn't. Sometimes if I have made an effort, I can come to like someone. But it is a lot of hard work. As I said before, sometimes it is easier to just love them.

Or is it? Maybe I have confused loving someone with tolerating them. Or putting up with them. Or just acknowledging that they exist.

And the scary thing is that I wonder how much I have done that with God. When do I just tolerate God? Or simply acknowledge that God exists? Do I spend time trying to get to know God so that I can like God? Or do I just say I love God? Perhaps I am simply putting up with God when I should be in love with God.

Are you in love with God? I think if we really look deeply, we may be surprised at the answer.

If you are in love with God, God will be your strength.


Copyright 2011 Amelia G. Sims

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