This is excerpted from some notes I took on the book, Holiness, by J.C. Ryle. All italicized comments are mine:
If we love a person, we like to think about him. We call this: Meditation. We claim we don’t know how to do this…sure we do! We do not need to be reminded of him. We do not forget his name or his appearance or his character or his opinions or his tastes or his position or his occupation. He comes up before our mind’s eye many a time in the day. Though perhaps far distant, he is often present in our thoughts.
Eph 3:17-19 That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, 18 May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; 19 And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.
“Affection is the real secret of a good memory in religion.”
If we love a person, we like to read about him. We call this: Bible Study. What intense pleasure a letter from an absent husband gives to a wife, or a letter from an absent son to his mother. Others may see little worth noticing in the letter. They can scarcely take the trouble to read it through. But those who love the writer see something in the letter which no one else can. They carry it about with them as a treasure. They read it over and over again.
It is by exposure to the Word that we know what we are, see God as He is, and are reminded of the miracle of salvation…that He loves us and wants us!
If we love a person, we like to talk to him. We call this: Prayer. We tell him all our thoughts, and pour out all our heart to him. We find no difficulty in discovering subjects of conversation. However silent and reserved we may be to others, we find it easy to talk to a much-loved friend. However often we may meet, we are never at a loss for matter to talk about. We have always much to say, much to ask about, much to describe, much to communicate.
As our love grows, and we spend time in the Word, the more we realize God’s intense interest in us. The odd sparrow, the lost sheep… When we know of His care, we more readily go to Him with our needs.