And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.
—1 Corinthians 13:13
While the all-important distinction between the human and the spiritual love of Jesus is one that must be discerned, and one which can scarcely be explained, we yet venture to point out some marks which may distinguish the two.
Reverence, for one thing, will always be present in the heart of the one who loves Christ in the Spirit. The Spirit gives a holy solemnity to every thought of Jesus, so that it is psychologically impossible to think of the true Christ with humor or levity. Neither can there be any unbecoming familiarity. The Person of Christ precludes all such.
Then, self-abasement is always found in the heart that loves Jesus with true spiritual love. When Paul saw Jesus, he fell on his face. John fell down as dead, and every soul that ever saw and felt the terror and wonder of His glorious Presence, has known some such experience of self-abasement.
It is most important that we know whether our relation to Jesus is divine or human. It will pay us to find out now. NCA032-033
Love is the loveliest thing in this world and the thing that speaks most for God in your life. Everybody can understand it. WL007