“A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart” (Luke 6:45a).
If you wanted to see a man’s work, you might look at the house he built or the door he painted. But a man’s real work is the character he has become through all the decisions he’s made, big and small.
“For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’” (Matt 25:35-36)
The more we know we are loved by God, the more we are able to put Jesus words into practice (see 1 John 4:19). His love enables us to start building our house (our character) on the rock (see Matt 7:24-27). And the more we put his words into practice, the more we will appreciate others and look forward to being with them. (Character dispels despair and creates hope. See Romans 5:3-5. Yes, bad relationships won’t become good overnight, but if we put other people’s happiness and well being before our own, we will have much richer and fuller lives; lives filled with hope.)
I gained many of these insights from George MacDonald. A sample of his work can be found here.