You cannot give love unless you have love in your heart. Love radiates from love. But how does love first enter the heart? We learn it! In itself, it is not infused. We might speak of an infused disposition to love – a special gift of personality that lends itself to a loving persona; but I’m not so sure that even that’s not learned.
If love, then, is indeed learned, it does not come to us naturally like eating, sleeping, reproducing, or surviving. Love must, it seems, be taught. That is what You did. You taught us about love and showed usits practice. But even before we learned about You and Your life we learned about love from our parents and grandparents. Love first enters our hearts from people around us. These people have taken the love in their hearts (received from those who loved them) and expanded it with Your life and teachings, and then passed that on. And so it goes. This cycle of growing in love plays out over and over again with the keystone being that we give what we have been given.
But what of those who do not have this seed planted early in their hearts? There is something here of an analogy regarding man’s history with God. The Jewish people, early on, entered into a paternalistic covenant relationship with a Father who sewed the seed of solicitude toward His people in a simple, fundamental way. As this people grew, the refinement of His relationship with them culminated in the arrival of His Son. Those stuck at the old traditional level, fearing change, could not accept it, while others took what they already had and expanded it. We, in our own way, do the same thing. Love is a constant building process. We take what we have been given, accept it, and build further upon it. At the same time we pass on what we know.