The Bible says, "For God so loved the world . . ." John 3:16a. Fundamentally, we know and realize that God loves us. However, does He "like" us? While in Seminary, I read a book for class that had to do with the impact of familial relationships and how to make them better. Part of my reading assignment asked the question, "Do you like your kids?"
I thought that was an interesting question as I have never really thought about it. The author proceeded to share a thought that went in this vain. "You can love your children, but it is also possible to not like them..." I assumed that loving and liking your children were synonymous. I was wrong. While it is possible for your children to know that you love them, have you told them that you like them?
That same year I was in Seminary, I tried the experiment in the book I was reading. It told me to sit my child down and look into their eyes and tell them that I "liked" him. So, I did so. I choose Gabriel. I sat him down, looked into his eyes and said, "Hey buddy, I really like you!" Tears welled up in his eyes as the impact of those words hit his heart.
I was moved by this simple experiment and since then have continued to practice this reality with Gabriel, Ariana and Isaiah. We know that God loves us, but does He like us? The answer is . . . Yes to both. He loves you enough to not desire for you to live a life without Him. And He liked you enough to know that freedom of choice is important, and He will be with you for your entire life!
May you, this Sabbath, allow God to search your heart, mind, and soul. May you realize that God loves you and likes you and desires the best for you this year.
So, until he next time, this is Pastor Tello reminding you that thought do change lives!
Pastor Howard Tello