June 29, 2023 – Thursday
John 15:9-10 NIV
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.
To make sense of the above verses we have to find out what Jesus’ commands are to His disciples … and to us. Well, as they often say, “Context is king” so lets look at the next two verses, 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.
Really? How are we supposed to love as Jesus loved His disciples? Can we really do that or aspire to that? Looking at the very next verse we get a maybe, 13 Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. Would your love be so strong, so great, that you would lay down your life for your friends, for your family? I have heard many a man say he would die to protect his wife and children and maybe he would against an intruder or even step in front of a bullet to save any one of them.
But would he die to his pride for 30 minutes or an hour, maybe doing the dishes, so she is able to do something important to her. Would he die to his love of football, baseball, basketball or whatever it is on tv to spend an hour instead with his children. Many a man (or woman) can’t be bothered to do so. What kind of man or woman are you? Can you, would you, lay down your life an hour here, an hour there for your friends for your loved ones?
In verse nine, Jesus said, 9 “As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. He loved them day by day over three years. God in the flesh did that. And now He wants them to remain in His love. And the very next verse tells them how to do that, 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.
Thus, we know His command, 12 My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. As a result, we have this incredibly difficult task of loving each other as Jesus loved His disciples … and us. He lived for us and He died for us so we might have eternal life if we would but admit we are sinners, believe He died for us and rose on the third day, and then call upon Him as Lord and Savior. We are only human, but He was God in the flesh who loved us so much He died for our sins. We have our work cut out for us.
Bottom Line: We know the command He has given us. We need to start or continue putting it into practice.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, What incredible love from You and Your Son for us. Help us to find ways to love each other as He loved (loves) us. – In Jesus’ Name. Amen.
Riley D. Driver – Pastor
Calvary Chapel of Dayton