I used to think the most important question to hear
was Jesus asking
"do you love Me?"
only lately have I come to believe that a more important question
comes from God
and that is
"do you believe I love you?"
both questions contain the word "love" -
and until I/we understand what love is
both questions are difficult to answer honestly .....
my struggles in relationships are connected with what I like to call
the relationship between the 'first love' and the 'second love'
the first love is from God
who loved me before I was born
the second love is from my parents, brothers, sisters, friends
and is only a reflection of that first love
sometimes I expect from the second love
what only the first love can give
then I experience anguish
my personal struggle has always been
that I expected a first love
from someone who could only give a second love