THE LOVE OF DEEP FRIENDSHIP
Yesterday we were touched by Jesus speaking to His disciples, and through His Word to us, that He has chosen us and brought us into a relationship on an intimate “friendship” level. Deep friendships like this have a love for each other that is not ordinary nor known in the world.
We often refer to John 15:1-17 as the invitation to abide (remain) in Jesus so we can bear fruit. Fruitfulness cannot happen without abiding in Christ. At the same time Jesus introduces His love for us as being the same kind of love the Father has for Jesus (verse 9). Then Jesus says, “Abide in My love.” In other words, divine love was the uniting factor between Jesus and the Father that result in a life of perfect fruitfulness. As we remain in Jesus’ love for us, our relationship with Him will automatically result in joyful, fruitful obedience.
That is why Jesus says, “If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love” (15:10). Let us change that word “if” to “because” for a moment, to get this point across. The two active verbs “keep” and “abide” go hand in hand, and one cannot be experienced without the other. That leaves us with a principle which can be stated this way—"the more I abide in Christ the more I will do His Word which will result in knowing His love more.”
If you do not know God’s love for you in Jesus Christ, I beg you to stop what you are doing and ask God to speak to you through His Word. There may be an area of disobedience in your life that He is putting his finger on. You will immediately sense His love for you as your heart is changed by the Holy Spirit. He will produce His fruit in you; “love, joy, peace…” (Galatians 5:22).
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