Yesterday we saw that love for others followed the example of serving others as Jesus did the disciples, even Judas. That has its own set of challenges for us. There is another challenge we face in John 15 where Jesus gives the analogy of Himself as the vine and we are the branches connected to the vine. The branches cannot bear fruit unless they “abide or remain” in the vine.
What does this analogy mean? We may understand the concept that a literal grape vine cannot produce fruit unless the branches are firmly connected to the vine. But how does this picture translate into my relationship with the Lord and the result from being close to Him? Notice the points that Jesus makes from His analogy:
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