There are certain things about learning to love that are helpful. One of them is a kind of a self-check that is pretty close to foolproof. It goes like this: if we truly love, then we cannot help but share it. If we think we love, but do not share it, we do not possess it.
The matter goes far beyond just considering ourselves a good person. If we hide, or bury the love we think we have, we probably don’t have it in the first place. I reflect on this because I know I gravitate toward what I consider an interior, private love for You. It’s not that this love must be “showy” to be genuine, but, the more I think about it, it must be shown. It is the light You cautioned about hiding under a basket. It cannot be real unless it shines.
So, when I say I love You and do not share with others my love for You, my love is lacking. When I love any person and do not share that love with still other people, my love is lacking. I constantly tell You I love You but I fear my love of God is not so readily apparent in my life. That I love should be apparent in the way I live.
So, it seems the issue is this: How do I go about letting more of Your love shine through me? One way for me might be greater sociability.