Torrey - Man -11.2- How love to God is manifested

II. HOW LOVE TO GOD IS MANIFESTED. Exodus 20:6 — -"And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments." 2 John 6 — -"And this is love, that we walk after his commandments. This is the commandment, That, as ye have heard from the beginning, ye should walk in it." 1 John 5:3 — "For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous."

First Proposition: The supreme manifestation of love to God is keeping His commandments.

This is love to God. Keeping God's commandments is more than merely obeying God's commandments. The word translated "keep," expresses watchful care. It means to "attend to carefully, .... take care of, .... guard." Deuteronomy 10:12 — "And now, Israel, what doth the LORD thy God require of thee, but to fear the LORD thy God, to walk in all his ways, and to love him, and to serve the LORD thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul."

Second Proposition: Love to God manifests itself in serving Him with all the heart and all the soul.

Paul, in writing to the Thessalonians, speaks of their "labor of love." The word for "labor" denotes intense labor, toil. The one who loves God will labor intensely for Him. An easygoing Christian life proves an absence of love for God. Psalm 97:10 — "Ye that love the LORD hate evil."

Third Proposition: Love to God manifests itself in a hatred of evil.

The man who loves God cannot regard sin with favor or indifference. He hates it. All sin. There is no small sin to him. 1 John 2:15 — "Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him."

Fourth Proposition: Love to God manifests itself in not loving the world.

The man who loves God cannot set his affections upon the world with its gain and its honor, and its pleasure, and its gratifications. All that is in the world is not of the Father, it draws away from Him, and a lover of God cannot love it. 1 John 4:20-21 — "If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen? And this commandment have we from him, that he who loveth God love his brother also."

Fifth Proposition: Love to God manifests itself in a love to God's children, our brethren.