OK. Note, however, that vitriol in communication means we are more interested in reiterating our opinions than we are interested in pondering an alternative opinion.

Capacity for vitriol never by itself implies rightness.

When Jesus called His disciples ‘friends' He made expressly clear God is looking for relationship with man not just obedience. There does not exist any relationship within which appreciation is redundant, regardless it is with God or man. When Jesus says God wants us to call Him ‘Father’, what Father does not desire appreciation?

The problem here it seems is you do not believe in a ‘personal' God, a God capable of building relationships who Himself has personality. But this is who the God of the Bible says He is — a personal God who has personality.

I am comfortable with 'relationship' as sufficient rationale for my praise, with my praise occurring more in my personal space than in church services.

But then every one to their own things — what works for you ‘for you’, what works for me ‘for me’.

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