Observe here, That the sincerity of our love to the children of God is best discovered by our love to God, and obedience to his commands.
Quest. 1. What kind of love is required towards the children of God?
Ans. A love of esteen, a love of desire, a love of delight, and a love of service and beneficence.
Quest. 2. What kind of obedience towards God is that which springs from love?
Ans. It is uniform and universal; love regardeth the whole law in all its injunctions and prohibitions, and studieth to please the law-giver; it is pleasant and delightful, not a melancholy task, but a pleasing exercise; it is accurate and exact, it produces a severe circumspection over our ways, that nothing be done or allowed by us that is displeasing to the divine eye; and it is constant and persevering; that motion which is caused by outward poises will cease when the weights are down, but that which proceeds from an inward principle, or life, is continual; and such a principle is the love of God planted in the Christian's breast: By this then may we know that we love the children of God, if we love God and keep his commandments.