I thought this was interesting (and funny). Don't worry faithful (Northern American) readers - I continue to follow Jesus, not Elisabeth Elliot.
It is not difficult to imagine, in certain moods and settings, that we love people. We may feel expansive and good-natured for a variety of reasons--our own good health or digestion, for example, or beautiful weather, comfortable circumstances, nice folks doing nice things for us. The Bible is a sword that cuts through mere sentiment. It tells us that the accurate test of our love for God's children is obedience to God.
"By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and obey His commandments"
(1 Jn 5:2 RSV). It is an objective test, not a subjective one. Love as the Bible defines it is perceptible through action rather than through mere feeling. It is not, as Eric Alexander of Scotland put it, a "glandular condition."
- A Lamp for my Feet