“Love suffers long and is kind ….. ” (1 Corinthians 13:4)
The fountains from which love flows are in God, not in us. It is absurd to think that the love of God is naturally in our our hearts, as a result of our own nature. His love is there only because it “has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit …” (Romans 5:5).
The evidence of our love for Him is the absolute spontaneity of our love, which flows naturally from His nature within us. And when we look back, we willÂ not be able to determine why we did certain things, but we can know that we did them according to the spontaneous nature of His love in us. The life of God exhibits itself in this spontaneous way because the fountains of His love are in the Holy Spirit.
(from My Utmost For His Highest by Oswald Chambers)