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Jonathan Edwards on the proper response of love, which love, he insists, is the work of the Spirit:

If a man sincerely loves God it will dispose him to give him all proper respect. Men need no other incitement to show all proper respect but love.

Love to God will dispose a man to give honor to God. Love will dispose to worship and adore him, heartily to acknowledge his greatness and glory and dominion.

So love will dispose to all acts of obedience to God.

The servant who loves his master, and the subject who loves his prince, will be disposed to proper subjection and obedience. Love will dispose a person to behave towards God as a child to a father.

Under difficulties, to resort to God for help and to put their trust in him. It is natural for persons in cases of need or affliction to go to those whom they love for pity and help.

They who love God will be disposed to give credit to his work and to put confidence in him. Men are not apt to suspect the veracity of those for whom they have entire friendship.

So love will dispose men to praise God for the mercies they receive from him. Men are disposed to gratitude for any kindness they receive from those they love.

Love will dispose the heart to submission to the will of God. Persons are more willing that the will of those whom they love should be done than that of others. They naturally desire that those whom they love should be pleased, and things should be agreeable to them.

A true love and esteem of God will dispose the heart to acknowledge God’s right to govern, and that he is worthy of it; and so will dispose it to submit.

Love to God will dispose to walk humbly with God. For he that loves God will be disposed to acknowledge the distance there is between God and him.

It will be agreeable to him who loves God to exalt him and set him on high above all, and to lie low before him. A true Christian delights to have God exalted in his abasement, because he loves God.

He is willing to own that God is worthy of this; and it is with delight that he casts himself in the dust before God, because he loves God.

(Charity and Its Fruits: “One. The Sum of All Virtue.” Yale-Works 8:134-5)

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