As we have examined John 15, we have observed how important it is to “abide in the vine,” the Lord Jesus. Without actively ‘remaining in Him,’ we will be unfruitful and God the Father will not receive glory through us. We also looked at the consequences of not abiding in Christ.
Now we come to another dimension of this relationship – LOVE! “As the Father has loved Me, so I have loved you. Abide in My love” (15:9). Here we see that Jesus is equating the way God loves Jesus His Son as being exactly the same way that Jesus has loved us. How are we to know the reality of this love? We get a deeper insight through the Lord’s prayer in John 17:26; “I made known to them Your name, and I will continue to make it known, that the love with which You have loved Me may be in them, and I in them” (John 17:26). Think about this for a moment. Jesus affirms that the Father’s love for Jesus is the same love Jesus has for us and it should be IN US!
Now, combine that principle with Jesus’ instructions in chapter 15 that we are to abide in that love that began with God the Father. What difference would that love make in our attitude toward maintaining a strong relationship with Jesus in our life and ministry? Would we be more concerned about “ABIDING” in Jesus because the Spirit has given us to know His love, its divine quality, and its motivating power? Anything done out of pure love has a far greater impact than doing anything out of duty. What is your motivation?
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