If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love.
John xv. 10.
This did not once so trouble me.
That better I could not love Thee;
But now I feel and know
That only when we love, we find
How far our hearts remain behind
The love they should bestow.
Richard Chenevix Trench.
OUR Lord gives the answer to a difficulty continually perplexing honest Christians — “How am I to learn to love God? I want to do my duty, but I do not feel as if I loved God.” Our Lord gives the answer, “Where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” Act for God, do and say the things that He wills; direct your thoughts and intentions God-ward; and, depend upon it, in the slow process of nature, all that belongs to you — your instincts, your intelligence, your affections, your feelings — will gradually follow along the line of your action. Act for God; you are already showing love to Him and you will learn to feel it.
They who, continuing faithful to divine grace, however partially communicated, serve God with their whole lives, will never fail of that one reward, the greatest which even He has to bestow, the being made able to love Him with their whole hearts.