I have loved you even as the father has loved me.
remain in my love.
when you obey my commandments you remain in my love just as I obey my father’s commandments and remain in His love.
I have told you these things so that you will be filled with my joy.
yes your joy will overflow!
this is my commandment love each other in the same way I have loved you.
there is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.
you are my friends if you do what I command.
I no longer call you slaves because a master doesn’t confide in his slaves.
now you are my friends since I have told you everything the father told me.
you didn’t choose me.
I chose you.
I appointed you to go and produce lasting fruit so that the father will give you whatever you ask for using My name.
this is my command : love each other !
although we are almost continually saying thinking and doing things which by all rights should put us out of a relationship with God He continually lavishes His love upon us.
we must not falsely perceive His love for us to be a license to sin .
His love is not a starting gun to immediately begin ignoring the dictates of our conscience.
rather it is a blessed assurance and a continual reminder that we are never so far gone that He can’t redeem us from hell until we exhale our last breath.
the provisio for remaining in His love is walking in obedience towards HIm.
when we sin we are in effect saying we don’t respect HIm and we hate HIm.
if we are in relationship with Him we will automatically want to do the things that please HIm.
His spirit only abides within those who walk in His will who love what He loves and hate what He hates.
note God never hates people just the horrible state or situation they put themselves in when they reject HIs authority and ignore His warnings.
He wants us to come and be with HIm and dwell in His house forever.
obedience is inseparable from joy.
any happiness we experience outside of pleasing God is not a happiness that lasts.
in the end it inevitably results in sadness sprung from guilt or the destruction of ourselves we set in motion through our contemptuous attitudes which set us up for a let down for their only conclusion can be torture in a lake of fire never enduring euphoria.
Jesus loved everyone unconditionally.
He did not get His disciples to take a course instructing them in the ways of the master rather He led by example of His servant hearted leadership in HIs daily life.
if we impose conditions and terms, if we attach strings to our love saying it is dependent upon other peoples behaviour or what they can do for us then we do not truly love them and we don’t know how to love.
perhaps we have never been shown an example of true and purest love.
look no further for your guidance than the words leaping off the pages of your bible.
if we love like Jesus we do not hold others sins against them or use them as an excuse not to display HIs love towards them.
conversely it is unloving to withhold the truth from someone when you know it can set them free.
I love my friends and although there is one woman in the world I would take a bullet for my death wouldn’t be enough to forgive her of her sins just as her death wouldn’t qualify her as a suitable candidate to forgive mine.
only the blood of Jesus is a worthy sacrifice that cancels all the debts the enemy had hanging over us before we decided to follow Jesus with 100 % of our hearts.
if obedience makes us God’s friends what does disobedience make us?
yet He still loves us.
but in loving us He cannot permit us to enter paradise if we have not surrendered our hearts and submitted control of our destiny to HIm.
He never sends us to heaven or hell we choose that future for ourselves by the decisions we make here on earth.
it’s wonderful to think that God whispers His secrets to us 🙂
in a way we are slaves to righteousness but that is more like a bondservant or someone who has willingly put themselves in someone elses service rather than anything that’s been forced upon us.
the devil can never get us to follow him by revealing the consequences of putting our lives in bondage to him so he uses deceit and trickery instead.
it is amazing to think of the level of trust Jesus had in His disciples to reveal all of His truth and as much of the mysteries of God as their finite minds were able to grasp.
although we are making a conscious selection when we pick Jesus to be Lord and master of our hearts we are also influenced by His guidance of our decision making.
the key to miraculous provision in our lives is allowing God to use us so we can be fruitful in harvesting a plentiful multitude of souls for His kingdom.
in this time when we hear of terrorist attacks senseless hate crimes seemingly endless violence international liberation of possessions , disgraceful treatment of women and children exploited for sexual activity, government and law enforcement corruption and such like the words of Jesus to love one another have never been more poignant or relevant.
like Rodney king said during the famous l.a riots- why can’t we all just get along?
loving Jesus is the key ❤