Abiding in love requires a daily effort to fulfill the letter and spirit of the Commandments. Love, not fear, inspires us to hope and to keep God’s Law.
Sometimes we only do the right thing because we fear punishment for not doing so. While this may fulfill the letter of the Law, it falls short of the Spirit of Love.
O Holy Spirit, inflame my heart with a genuine love for charity and to fulfilling my obligations as a disciple for reasons of love, not fear.