Sunday, September 4, 2011

As The Father Has Loved Me

"This is to my Father's glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.  As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you.  Now remain in my love.  If you obey my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have obeyed my Father's commands and remain in His love."  John 15: 8, 9 & 10

(This is the fifth of an eight part series on John 15)

Fruit bearing:  I was just thinking about how many different items that I make from 1 type of fruit - jelly, jam, juice, sauce, relish, frozen, dried .......the list goes on and on.  What is made from fruit lasts longer than one season and that crop is still enjoyed and extended for months and months to come.  I like to think of my actions as fruit.  And that "fruit" (or actions) affects other people.  Our actions can also be extended and they can benefit other people for months and months.  Also, there is healthy fruit or rotting fruit = good actions or bad actions.  Thinking about it that way certainly makes me strive to be more Christlike.

The Father's love for Christ is the same pattern of Christ's love for His disciples (for us).  When we "remain in God's love" we desire to do His will and follow his commands, which in actuality is following that same pattern.

Let us love each other in the same way that Jesus has loved us.

Part 1:  The True Vine
Part 4:  Branches Wither Away
Part 6:  Complete Joy
Part 7:  A Friend's Love
Part 8:  Chosen Fruit

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