I am constant in my admonitions that we are fooling ourselves if we claim to love God and do not love one another. This is biblical, and has been the subject of thousands of sermons down through the centuries.
There can be no love of God without our loving those around us whose needs and whose sorrows are ever before us. No amount of prayer, bible study or worship can get us around that simple fact. Loving God means loving those closest to us.
What does that love look like? Saint Augustine put it this way:
What does love look like? It has the hands to help others. It has the feet to hasten to the poor and needy. It has the eyes to see misery and want. It has the ears to hear the sighs and sorrows of men. That is what love looks like.
Each of us has the opportunity to demonstrate that love to others. Every one of us can reach out and change someone’s life for the better before the day is done. All of us can help heal our broken world today, and in so doing, we can become the answer to the question: “what does love looks like?”
Oh, and when we do, we won’t need to talk about how much we love God. We will be demonstrating it.