Living in His Love
How can we live in His love? Is there stability in living in His love? Will we still have hard times… even dry times… wilderness times?
John 15:10-11 ESV
10“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. 11These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full.”
I think that dry times can come to draw us closer to God. I believe He has been using this time for me to help me push through some barriers in my life and I think that He is using it to reveal things about me that I was unaware of but I know that I have never been out of His love over the past few months. Even when I felt far away, He was not. He is right here lovingly pulling me through.
Thank You, Lord.
To Verse 10:
“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.”
No Greater Way of Life
There is nothing I want more than to abide in His love. How about you? There is no greater way of life than simply that! So how do we do that??
By Keeping His Commandments
The commandments of Jesus are, of course, totally in line with the commandments of His Father. They are richened and deepened. As Jesus talks here about His commandments, the one He called the most important commandment comes to my mind. It is in 3 out of 4 of the Gospel Books and we will read it from the Gospel of Mark.
29Jesus answered, “The most important is this, ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. 30And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ 31The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.”
We know that this statement from Jesus Himself encompasses all of the 10 Commandments and condenses them into two.
Another commandment Jesus gave us follows our verses in John 15:
“This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.”
Wow! After talking about Verse 9 last time and really beginning to think about how great Jesus’ love for us is, that makes this verse bigger (for lack of a better word) to me.
We are to love each other as He has loved us, and He loves us the way His Father loves Him!! That is huge.
I do not think there is any great secret to keeping His commands, do you? We just need to know them, by studying and growing in His Word, and ask the Holy Spirit to help us to keep them. Then, we must listen to Him when He tells us to “stop that” or “do this”. He will lead us if we seek Him and listen to Him.
Let’s go to Verse 11:
“These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full.”
“These things…” refers to everything in this chapter so far – so from Verses 1-10.
As I look back at these lovely verses, I can see how they should bring about great joy in our hearts!
For the believer who abides in Him, we are:
- producing fruit
- being pruned to produce even more fruit
- living attached to Him for our very lives
- bearing much fruit for His glory
- to ask whatever we will
- glorifying the Father by bearing much fruit and proving that we are Jesus’ disciples
- abiding in the great love of Christ, as we keep His commandments
If we are living in this way, He tells us that His joy will be in us and that our joy will be full.
What does it mean for our joy to be full?
It means that we be full of His joy but –
“…that your joy in me (Christ) and in my love may rise higher and higher, till it come to perfection.” Matthew Henry Bible Commentary
The joy that the world has to offer us is temporary at best but the joy of the Lord and His love is a stable sustaining joy.
Things to Ponder:
- Living – abiding – in the love of Christ is not automatic. We must keep His commandments. Where do you need to work on this in your own life?
- Think about the first 10 verses of John 15. Where are you in this word picture that Christ has drawn for us?
- Can you say that your joy in Christ is full? If not, why not? What do you need to do to change that?
I am always here for you if you want to discuss anything further. Leave a comment and I’ll get back with you!
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