The essence of spiritual love is doing good to others, not for the sake of self but for the sake of others; infinitely more is this the essence of Divine Love. It is like the love of parents for their children, in that parents do good to their children from love, not for their own sake but for their children’s sake. This is especially manifest in a mothers love for her offspring.
Because the Lord is to be adored, worshiped and glorified, He is supposed to love adoration, worship, and glory for His own sake; but He loves these for man’s sake, because by means of them man comes into a state in which the Divine can flow in and be perceived; since by means of them man puts away that which is his own, which hinders influx and reception, for what is man’s own, which is self-love, hardens the heart and shuts it up.
This is removed by man’s acknowledging that from himself comes nothing but evil and from the Lord nothing but good; from this acknowledgment there is a softening of the heart and humiliation, out of which flow forth adoration and worship.
From all this it follows, that the use which the Lord performs for Himself through man is that man may be able to do good from love, and since this is the Lord’s love, its reception is the enjoyment of His love. Therefore, let no one believe that the Lord is with those who merely worship Him; He is with those who do His commandments, thus who perform uses; with such He has His abode, but not with the former.