Quality Time with God

November 16, 2009

The idea that the eternal God desires to spend quality time with His creatures is one aspect of faith unique to Christianity. The gods who have been created by the imagination of human minds have always been far removed from people’s daily lives. The gods of the ancient Greek and Roman myths had to be placated or feared. The idea of having a close personal relationship with those deities did not exist.

Jesus’ Prayer
Jesus indicated that the desire of the entire Trinity—God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit—was to “abide” (make a home) with anyone who responds to God’s love. Jesus promised never to leave His followers, and told them that He would be with them forever. In one of Jesus’ prayers, He said, “Father, I want those you have given me to be with me where I am, and to see my glory, the glory you have given me because you loved me before the creation of the world.” Clearly, Jesus desired quality time with all of those who responded to His love.

Love Expressed
The Psalms often speak of God’s love for those He created and His desire to draw near and spend quality time with them. For example, “The LORD is righteous in all his ways and loving toward all he has made. The LORD is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth.” The New Testament describes a similar relationship with God as James promises, “Come near to God and he will come near to you.”

Do You Desire Quality Time?
When someone’s primary love language is quality time, uninterrupted times of communion with God are not difficult, but joyous. They are not burden-causing, but burden lifting. Recently a woman told me, “I feel closest to God when I have my daily quiet time with Him. It is the most important part of my day. When I miss that time, my whole day seems empty and I don’t feel as close to God. It is in those personal times with Him that I feel His love.” Not everyone would echo this woman’s sentiment, but it is certainly true of those individuals whose primary love language is quality time. Those who seek time with God will discover that He is ready and waiting to meet with them. Quality time is a love language that He is always prepared to speak.


2 Comments


  1. hello gary,thank you for highlighting your impression of God's love language for me! of course when one question is answered, it always uncovers a million more beneath its surface, however in this case i'll try to just keep it to one or two!but first–a comment: my love language is Acts of Service;, so naturally, my personal testimony SURELY includes what numerous things God has done for me in my life. this point of view just came to my attention today when i read your latest entry here, and it also has reinforced my faith in your teachings. it has also explained to me why i seem to feel so thankful through even the hardest of times as Peace through turbulence in my personal history has surpassed even my own understanding!my question for you is regarding those whose love languages are Physical Touch, or Words of Affirmation :how can one such as myself lay testimony to someone with a completely different love language?specifically, how does one feel the love of God in a practical way that meets their own specific love language–especially when it seems so intangible to feel "physical touch" from God? is it possible for people with one love language to be an effective witness for someone with a completely different love language than that of their own? we all know how difficult family relationships and/or marriage is between people who know each other well, so when we're exercising relationships with friends, coworkers or community–i feel that this is an important thing to be sensitive to. after all, God knows our hearts, history and habits-so i feel it natural to assume we should be sensitive to these ideas when approaching our neighbors as well.thanks for your thoughts!


  2. Hey there Gary,I read your book about God's love languages and was so impressed. I couldn't get over it and kept sharing parts of it with a friend. I finally finished it and then gave it to her to read. Great book Gary. Sure opened my eyes.I'm now just reading your book on anger. Another eye opener Gary. So simple and easy to understand. I am sure blessed that God brought an author like you in to my life


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