Shema: 3 Relationship Part Two
The obligation to return God’s love does not imply that it is up to us to create a relationship with God. The relationship already exists whether we want it or not. However, it is up to us to decide if we will develop that relationship by reciprocating God’s love, or we if will to turn
away from it.
The Shema sets forth what we need to do to develop that relationship, how we can expect our lives to improve as a result, and what is the price that we must pay for all the benefits we derive from it.