As we continue with our theme of kingdom work, the recurring theme is more than obvious…Love one another! When looking at this entire chapter, it is all the words of Jesus. A few extra verses added here because the context of the message shouldn’t be overlooked.
9 “As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. 10 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. 11 I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. 12 My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. 13 Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. 14 You are my friends if you do what I command. 15 I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. 16 You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you. 17 This is my command: Love each other. (John 15:9-17; NIV)
Jesus made it so clear that we are to love one another, for He has loved us! Halley’s Bible Handbook Notes tells is so well:
The ideas that keep recurring in these chapters are that the disciples must love one another, that they must keep Christ’s commandments, that they must abide in Him, that they must expect pruning and persecution, that it was necessary for Jesus to go away, that the Holy Spirit would take His place, that their sorrow would be turned to joy, and that in His absence wondrous answers to their prayers would be granted. The blessed Master going into the depths of His own sorrow and suffering was doing His best to comfort His bewildered disciples.
For they did not understand why he was about to leave them. I’m not so sure they understood all the lessons, but they were equipped…and had the greatest commandment to ever be given…love one another.
Christ showed us His love not only through His Words, but by His sacrifice of death. Peter thought he could lay down his life for Jesus, but denied ever knowing Him…and not just once, but three times. I’m learning that we make loving others hard and very difficult because we want to choose who that love goes to.
But the commandment doesn’t give an option, it gives a command! So, I must let go of all other thoughts, and just know that I am to love all, for God loved all of us…and died knowing all we would ever do.
Father, Your love is amazing, and I am able to see and feel it everyday. My prayer is simply to help me not to put up the road blocks so that I can pass that love onto others! I pray in Jesus’ Name. Amen.