A deity with whom you have a personal, human-like relationship will put up with a lot more error from you. They will let you dick around and blow off your spiritual path for a much longer time, possibly your whole life … so long as you love them passionately, in the way that the Hindus refer to as “bhakti”. You are expected to be tolerant of their faults, and trust them anyway … and they will extend that tolerance to you. They will love you passionately no matter how much you continue to screw up, so long as you love them back with equal fervor. You can be petty, and they don’t care, because you are giving them the freedom to do the same. While they will endeavor to push you to evolve, it’s not the first priority of the relationship.
“They will let you dick around and blow off your spiritual path for a much longer time”
This part is both true and untrue with Loki.
I know he Claims people when they are rather young, and both wants them to do work, and grow up and mature.
In my case, the first time (that I know of) that he came into my life, was back in 1996, when I was going through a very tough period in my life. I was 30 then.
At the time, though, I didn’t know who he was, just that he was some kind of spirit entity; invisible, voiceless and non-corporeal (though in the morning, while in hypnagogia, I could feel his arm around me and his chest against my back, so I knew it was a “he”).
He didn’t make himself known to me as Loki until November/December 2010, when I was 44. He waited that long so that I could have enough time to mature, I think.
Guess I’m a late bloomer… ^_^
When he finally managed to nudge me in the direction of someone who could help him speak with me properly (August 2011) – I was as good as completely “headblind” – he seemed to be all drill seargeant: “Hepp-two-three-four! You are a witch! Act like one!”
Still circling around the acting as a witch thing. Though I’ve finally managed to understand what Loki wants me to do when it comes to what he called “spellworkings”; magick – as in everything and not limiting myself to one type.
A god in the “lower” aspect of divinity is the closest to human-like they get; personal, emotional and subjective. And at their most flawed and fallible, since they don’t necessarily access their “higher” knowledge.
It’s important to keep in mind that when you are in a personal, human-like relationship with a god, that s/he is a Person. A Person with Cosmic Powers, yes, but also a Person with feelings.
So it’s not quite true that you can be petty and they won’t care, because their feelings can get hurt, just as yours can. But they do love you fiercely, and are far more forgiving than a human would be.
I know that in a spousal relationship, the relationship can come first, before Work. It’s not as a rule though; it depends on which god you’re involved with.