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How do we Love Him?

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"The love of Christ constraineth us."—2 Corinthians 5:14.

How much owest thou unto my Lord? Has He ever done anything for thee? Has He forgiven thy sins? Has He covered thee with a robe of righteousness? Has He set thy feet upon a rock? Has He established thy goings? Has He prepared heaven for thee? Has He prepared thee for heaven? Has He written thy name in His book of life? Has He given thee countless blessings? Has He laid up for thee a store of mercies, which eye hath not seen nor ear heard?

Then do something for Jesus worthy of His love. Give not a mere wordy offering to a dying Redeemer. How will you feel when your Master comes, if you have to confess that you did nothing for Him, but kept your love shut up, like a stagnant pool, neither flowing forth to His poor or to His work. Out on such love as that!

What do men think of a love which never shows itself in action? Why, they say, "Open rebuke is better than secret love." Who will accept a love so weak that it does not actuate you to a single deed of self-denial, of generosity, of heroism, or zeal! Think how He has loved you, and given Himself for you! Do you know the power of that love? Then let it be like a rushing mighty wind to your soul to sweep out the clouds of your worldliness, and clear away the mists of sin.

"For Christ's sake" be this the tongue of fire that shall sit upon you: "for Christ's sake" be this the divine rapture, the heavenly afflatus to bear you aloft from earth, the divine spirit that shall make you bold as lions and swift as eagles in your Lord's service. Love should give wings to the feet of service, and strength to the arms of labour. Fixed on God with a constancy that is not to be shaken, resolute to honour Him with a determination that is not to be turned aside, and pressing on with an ardour never to be wearied, let us manifest the constraints of love to Jesus. May the divine loadstone draw us heavenward towards itself.

Charles Spurgeon
Christ tells us exactly who it is that loves Him, which also describes "how do we love Him" in (John 14:23) saying "If a man love me, he will keep [submit to and rely upon] my words.."

We keep [submit to and rely upon] His Words which is how we love Him, which is also who actually loves Him: contrariwise in the very next verse (v24) He tells us exactly who does not love Him, which is the one who does not keep [submit to and rely upon] His sayings; that we may know the who and the how, so that we are without excuse before Him if we call Him Lord Lord and do not make the sincere effort to do the things which He says. These are the conclusions of the Lord Jesus Christ, and not what we suppose.
And God is Love! If He is really in us, how can we not love one another? If we do not love one another, then how can He be in us?

Give God the glory!