Written by: Tim Wood
As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Abide in my love. 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. 11 These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full.12 “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. 13 Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends. 14 You are my friends if you do what I command you. 15 No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you. 16 You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you. 17 These things I command you, so that you will love one another. (John 15:9-17 ESV).
Jesus loves us as much as the Father loves him. This blows my mind. The same measureless, bottomless, fathomless ocean of love that Jesus experienced from the Heavenly Father is what we should experience from Him. And he tells us to abide in that love. Live in it. Remain in it. Think about it often. Take joy in it. Walk in victory because of it. This unbelievable and unconditional love has a pass along effect. In verse 12, we should love one another as Jesus loves us. His love is the basis for us loving one another.
How much does Jesus love me? Let me count the ways:
- Jesus loves us with the same intensity that the Father loves him.
- Jesus’ love for me is the foundation of full joy in my life.
- Jesus loves me so much he calls me his friend.
- Jesus loves me so much that he gives to me inside information from the Heavenly Father.
- Jesus loves me so much that he chooses me and appoints me to bear fruit.
- Jesus loves me so much he listens to my prayers and answers.
- Jesus loves me so I can love you.