Devotion is fidelity in reverence or respect.
To be devoted to God is to be loyal and full of respect.
But what is it we are respecting?
God's mercy, God's faithfulness, God's steadfast love.
This is not about fear of violence or punishment.
This is about deep admiration for God's qualities.
God is forgiving, God is trustworthy, God is non-violent.
He is patient, understanding, empathetic.
God is beautiful, transcendent, and sublime.
He does not wish to hurt us or even boss us around.
He wishes the best for us.
He gives us joy and peace.
But this is not a bargain.
We are not to barter with God.
It is love freely given.
We are in awe of that.
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