Suppose you received an invitation in the mail to have lunch with the U.S. president and first lady. And suppose that the president himself came to hand-deliver the invitation, complete with an escort to transport you to the White House. As you dine with the most powerful couple in the land, wouldn’t you respond to their warmth with positive feelings of your own?

That’s the way it is in relationships. When one party initiates gestures that demonstrate love, the other party responds with similar feelings. “Just as water reflects a face, so, too, the heart of man reflects the heart of another ... ”

This dynamic exists in our relationship with G‑d as well. When we think of all the good deeds G‑d has done for us, we are bound to feel love back towards Him.

Consider the following: G‑d is an all-powerful being, and yet he has personally done great kindnesses for us as a collective nation, such as redeeming us from slavery in Egypt. He “hand-delivered” an invitation to the Jewish people (to the exclusion of angels!) to spend time with Him, and connect to Him through Torah and mitzvot, which He revealed to us on Mount Sinai.

The intimate relationship we forge with G‑d through mitzvah observance is compared to the loving, intimate relationship between spouses. That’s why before performing a mitzvah, we say: “Blessed are you G‑d ... who has sanctified us with his mitzvot,” using the same terminology (sanctification) as a husband uses when marrying his wife.

When we meditate on the above, especially during the Shema prayers, it is so very attainable to feel a real and passionate love for G‑d.

Because our feelings reflect His.

Tanya Bit: G‑d loves humble little me, and I mirror that with love towards Him.

(Inspired from Chapter 46 of Tanya)