Friday, February 23rd, 2018

Lent Day 39 — The great commandment


[12] “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. [13] Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends. [14] You are my friends if you do what I command you. [15] No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you. [16] You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you. [17] These things I command you, so that you will love one another. (John 15:12-17 ESV)

Jesus spoke these words to the disciples. It’s a great passage to memorize, because I believe it especially applies to Christians today, to me.

I think a lot about what it means to be called a friend of Jesus. I assume that what was true for the disciples, for it was to them that Jesus directed these words, is just as true for me. A friend is one who knows me well and loves me. My life should be one that reciprocates and reflects that love. I pray that it is. Friendship is a two-way street.

I also think about what it means that Jesus expects us (me) to bear fruit that will abide (remain). One way that I personalize this is to consider our children and their children and their children. A great-grandchild that is being raised by godly parents must be one of the greatest blessings we can possibly receive. We have been mightily blessed.


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