“As the Father has loved Me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my Love.” John 15:9

We continue our study in John 15 and receive the words of Jesus as He taught on how things work with Him as the proverbial Vine and us as His Branches, and how it all works together to reflect our Heavenly Father Of Love. We pick up at verse nine as He said:

“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. I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.” John 15:9-12

Jesus has clearly made the point that He loves us like Father loves Him. He goes on to say, “Love each other as I have loved you.” This we want to do… love each other as God loves… as we attempt to live fully in Christ each day. It may seem impossible to reach the level of love bestowed by God but the process of striving to do it is beautiful and adds much to those we encounter and to our world.

More dimension to be found in “remain in my love” is that we are to remain beings that reflect God’s love no matter what. When we do, it helps not only those we encounter but us as well. This is the backbone of the joy Jesus wants for us. When things are good, joy comes easy. But when challenging seasons arrive we may sink into depression if we forget who we are in Christ. True joy transcends the roller coaster of circumstance. When our lives are intertwined with His consistently, when we keep loving those around us as God does, then His Spirit can help us walk through adversity without sinking into debilitating lows. And help us manage prosperity without moving into a state of deceptive highs. The joy of living with Christ daily will keep us levelheaded, no matter how high or low our circumstances. That peace brings joy.

May we never forget His magnificent promise: “As the Father has loved Me, SO have I loved you. Now remain in my Love.” Let us be ever grateful and joyful within that Divine ove and remain in it. It is His gift to us. He loves us SO. Let us return it by showing it to each other as He desires.๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ’š

As we look at the Ukraine War, recent news tells us, “Ukrainian forces have entered the strategic city of Iziurn, after five months of Russian occupation.” The Russians have pulled back there and are regrouping. Let us pray for the conclusion of this horrible war, for the invaders to go home, and for peace to come to them all.๐Ÿ™๐ŸŒŸ

The Lord is with each of us as we go forth IN His Love.๐Ÿ’š

Poppa B.