Love, when realized in its fulness, needs nothing more than the presence of the object of its love.
Most men and women do not truly understand this truth, for men feel a need to accomplish and women have a need to feel useful. Some have termed it being comfortable in the silence together.
“Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.” (Psalm 46:10)
“If ye love me, keep my commandments.” (John 14:15)
A man who outlives his usefulness, in his mind, whether it be by age or physical infirmity, can be a difficult man to be around, for many times he becomes a very frustrated and even angry individual, either that, or his demeanor will be one of remorsefulness, finding solace only in the past and no hope of a future.
“Cast me not off in the time of old age; forsake me not when my strength faileth.” (Psalm 71:9)
Many women will strive to continue to feel needed in those same circumstances, and many fall into great depression, having nothing more to offer than what they consider feeble words of advice.
Love realized, love that knows assurance, does not need the spoken word, it does not need actions to prove that love, it can be comfortable in the silence, it can be still.
Our salvation is shown by the works we perform towards others and always for the glory of God, never to prove our salvation, but because of it. Love obeys the Lord Jesus Christ because of love, not in an attempt to prove that love, or show proof of it to Him, others or ourselves, they are the natural outpouring of our new nature.
Love shows itself as much in those works as it does in being still before Him.
“Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.” (Psalm 16:11)
If you cannot grasp these truths yet, I offer this for your consideration, those works that you may feel must be done as proof of your love, that have become quite possibly, and sadly, an obligation to you, a requirement if you will, what works were you planning on doing in heaven to continue in love? Beyond praising His name, what are you planning on doing in His eternal Kingdom to continue proving that you love Him?
Those who cannot relish in the silence, those who cannot be still and know the love He offers us, that never-ending love simply because we are loved will never in this life know the fulness of it, for they will always be searching for the next action, the next opportunity to prove their love to Him who first loved us.
“But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8)
Sinners saved by grace through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ obey because of love, not to prove that love, the actions we perform, the deeds we do, the words we speak to others are never done out of an obligation, never in hopes of any reward, never as a requirement that we believe must be met as proof of our love towards Him, but only because of love.
We give no thought to what others may think of us, we are not concerned with ourselves, love compels us to show them the Savior, to reveal to them a love that will never end, that requires nothing but love, offered freely and without reservations.
You must be able to see past this life, you must contemplate the words of the Lord and how you plan on following them when He said, “If ye love me, keep my commandments.”
You must realize that love can be just as fully expressed in the silence, in being still.