I've often been uncomfortable in leading a prayer with the words "I love you, Lord." After all, who am I to say these words to such a one as God?
Think of it. God, the Perfect One; the Almighty; the being who created me and everything else in this universe; The God of mercy who saved me from destruction and forgave me all my sins. How would I be worthy to be in a loving relationship with Him?
After all, when two people love one another they see one another as worthy objects of that love. It is easy to see how God is worthy of love but in looking at my sinful and weak self, I shudder at the thought of one so wonderful loving the likes of me.
And so for the longest time I always felt uncomfortable saying "I love you, God". "I appreciate you", yes, "I praise and thank you", most definitely, but to say I love you to one so worthy of it from one so unworthy seemed rather presumptuous.
Then I read Psalms 18:1 where David wrote,
I love thee, O Jehovah, my strength!
David, the murderer, the adulterer, the liar, the man with much blood on his hands said the words that I had yearned to utter for so long and in doing so permitted me to do likewise.
Thank you Lord for allowing me to say the words that I don't deserve to say. I love you.
- What does love for God actually feel like?
- What do you think John means when he writes, "God is love," in I John 4:8?
- Why do you think God emphasizes the importance of loving our neighbors?
- Describe three things you can do for someone who dislikes you and why you should do these things.
- On a scale of 0-10 (zero being no love and ten being perfect love) how would you rate your capacity to love? How would you improve by one point on the scale?