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