I’ve been in several relationships where I felt like I was being used, but—that imbalance taught me so much about God’s love. Have ever been on the endless giving-end of a relationship? You know, a relationship where you are madly in love and your partner is cool, detached, or ambivalent? I remember when I was college, I fell head over heels in love and gave one-thousand percent of my heart and efforts to a man and it was such a slap in the face when my affection was met with casual indifference! But God has used that memory over and over again to teach me so much about HIS love. The bottom line is this:

All the giving I did in that relationship doesn’t come close to ALL God has done for me—and sometimes I pay zero attention to Him!

Have you ever considered that this sort of causal indifference towards God could keep us from experiencing the love of a lifetime??!! Why would we respond like this to God’s love? For me, to a large degree, it was ignorance that made me an ambivalent, casual lover of God; or worse–want to avoid Him.

We must educate ourselves and regularly remind ourselves about God’s goodness in our lives. When our heart begins to recognize the sheer magnitude of God’s goodness, we become so overcome by thankfulness that WE fall in love with HIM. It is only God’s goodness that transforms our heart and draws us to fall in love with Him. Loving God cannot be forced; it’s the choice of our heart, which is made only when we are drawn by His immeasurable goodness. God cannot “make us” be thankful and He will not “make us” fall in love with Him—love is a CHOICE. Aside from choosing His gift of salvation, it is the best DAILY choice we make.

The Psalmist tied love and thankfulness together like this: “Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever!” (Psalms 107:1‬)

When we seek God, we find love like we’ve never known.‬‬‬‬‬

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