This is from “The Greatest Thing in the World,” by Henry Drummond, first published in 1880. It’s a short book, but one of the most powerful ones I’ve ever read, and one I reread regularly.
“The test of a man then is not, ‘How have I believed?’ but, ‘How have I loved?’ The test of religion is not religiousness, but Love . . . Not what I have done, not what I have believed, not what I have achieved, but how I have discharged the charities of life . . . It could not be otherwise. For the withholding of love is the negation of the spirit of Christ.”
“You will find as you look back upon your life that the moments that stand out, the moments when you have really lived, are the moments when you have done things in a spirit of love.”