Our love to God arises out of our emptiness;
God’s love to us out of His fulness. Our
impoverishment draws us to that power which can relieve and
to that goodness which can bless us. His overflowing love delights
to make us partakers of the bounties He graciously imparts. We can only
be said to love God when we endeavor to glorify Him, when we desire a
participation of His nature, when we study to imitate His perfections.
We are sometimes inclined to suspect the love
of God to us, while we too little suspect our own lack of love to Him . . .
When the heart is devoted to God, we do not need to be perpetually
reminded of our obligations to obey Him. They present themselves
spontaneously and we fulfill them readily. We think not so much of the
service as of the One served. [ The motivation which suggests the work
inspires the pleasure.] The performance is the gratification, and the
omission is both a pain to the conscience and wound to the affections . . .
Though we cannot be always thinking of God, we may be always
employed in His service. There must be intervals of our communion with
Him, but there must be not intermission of our attachment to Him.
By: Hannah More