Love from the heart

Since you have in obedience to the truth purified your souls for a sincere love of the brethren, fervently love one another from the heart. (1 Peter 1:22)
Without the love of God any confession of faith is empty and the best works are of no importance. Without the love of God every confession of faith is empty and the greatest of good works are of no avail. Where love is missing the essence of life is not present. All that we may say or do without love degenerates into a cold and valueless religious formalism. But as tragic as the picture is of the one who profess to have faith in Christ without having His love, so blessed is also the counterpart of believers who keeps the love of God in an honest and good heart. Since it is true that the love of God is essential for a disciple of Christ, it is also true that this love is not always radiating as strongly as it should. This is why we may ask that is necessary to do to keep the love of God and receive more of it. To be able to develop in this way the heart and the mind need to be purified “in obedience to the truth”. They must be cleansed from all that is proper will, erroneous, impure and egoistic. Plainly said, this is nothing more than an essential part of a true conversion!
After such a cleansing of the heart by the word of God comes that blessed experience of the pouring out of God's love within our hearts (Romans 5:5) when God lets us feel how greatly He loves us. “We love, because He first loved us” (1 John 4:19). His love awakens love in us toward Him and toward all men and, especially, our brothers and sisters in Christ. Thus achieve the following words of the apostle: “For you have been born again not of seed which is perishable but imperishable, that is through the living and abiding word of God” (1 Peter 1:23). Once we have received that love of God, we will cherish and practice it in our daily life like all those who, before us, have truthfully followed our Savior in His steps. We can imitate their faith as they imitated themselves Christ who proved both in life and death how wonderfully He loved all men. He never reviled in return, uttered no threats, endured suffering and humiliation, and even stooped to die. Therefore, since He loved all men so much, we are also impelled to love them all so they may taste the first fruits of the love of God. Although the love of God constrains us to love all men, it benefits especially beliers who likewise have become partakers in the redemption of Jesus Christ. With love, that perfect bond of unity (cf. Col 3, 14-16), we teach and admonish one another with all wisdom thus keeping the love aglow we can “fervently love one another from the heart”. The love of God is this powerful testimony of the disciple by whom he reveals the beauty of the Christian life according to the Lord’s word: “By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another” (John 13:35). This gift of grace is so blessed that Satan cannot stop to attack us in many ways so we may lose courage and forsake our communion with God. Above all, he seeks to undermine confidence between brothers so that they give up little by little the love they have for each other. But by resisting all these attacks with a firm faith (what means that we never listen to Satan), we have the promise that “the God of all grace” will Himself perfect, confirm, strengthen and establish us (1 Pierre 5: 9-11). To Him be dominion forever and ever. Amen.