Abiding in Love

Mar 14, 2024 | God's Love

“As the Father has loved me,
so have I loved you.
Now remain in my love.
If you keep my commands,
you will remain in my love,
just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love.
John 15:9-10

Every morning I read a few Devotional Books, along with the Bible, which always comes first.

For the month of March I have been randomly choosing Bible Verses that resonate with meaning.

This past week has been busy! What does your day look like? Your week? Has it been quiet or crazy busy?

For many who are younger it will be an action packed week with children home during March Break.

That is why I chose the Bible Verses from John 15 listed above. As we parent or grandparent we try our best to remain in Christ’s love. That can be hard when you are busy and patience runs out.

Usually grandparents can be patient because we have the children with us short term. For parents of young ones especially it can be a test of our love. I remember.

Our children know we love them, but it is important to do as the Bible instructs, “remain in my love.” That love may reveal itself in our words and deeds towards our children. How important it is to try our best to emulate Jesus in our interactions with our loved ones. How often don’t we fail there?

We need the reminder in John 15.

This week has been uplifting. Taking walks in an evergreen forest with grandchildren, spending time with friends, and today having more grandchildren over and going for more walks and enjoying pizza together. These things show Christ’s love, imperfectly yes, but the aim is to share Christ’s love with those I love.

People build relationships with those we love. We give, we do acts of service, and we get out of our comfort zones to give our love to others. We need God to give us grace to share His love with those around us.

As believers we show our love to those around us. We say it with words and actions. Opportunities arise and we step up to the plate to prove our love. If we are too lazy to invest in others, we will get what we give, the Bible says. We reap what we sow. That must never be our motive, though in giving, we love others as Christ loves us. Our actions of loving others are out of gratitude for God’s love for us.

Many would love to skim over the portion of John 15, which teaches that we are to show our love of Christ by keeping His commandments.

A. W. Tozer says this way; “The Church of our day has soft-pedaled the doctrine of obedience, either neglecting it altogether or mentioning it only apologetically and without urgency.”

We know we don’t believe in salvation by doing good works, but our obedience is of the utmost importance to God. Here it says so right in Scripture. It is a test of our love of God. We must rely on the Holy Spirit to help us obey, and when we fail, we repent. Yet we must make it our goal to God’s glory.

And so we end for today.

Help us dear LORD,

to abide in your love today,

by your grace and power

alone.

In Jesus’ name, we pray.

Amen.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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