... a weekly letter of encouragement.
10 April, 1996
JESUS said: "ABIDE IN MY LOVE."
Easier said than done when you are:
- Fighting time pressures.
- Facing unrealistic expectations from clients...
- Struggling with knarled traffic and self-serving fellow-workers.
So, how is it possible to abide in His love? Let's take it a step at a time: Jesus said, "Just as the Father has loved Me, I have also loved you; abide in My love." (John 15:9)
"JUST AS THE FATHER HAS LOVED ME..."
The love of the Father for the Son is unconditional, all-encompassing, unchanging and eternal. Christ has always lived in the Father's love.
"I HAVE ALSO LOVED YOU..."
In like manner, Christ's love for us is of the same quality as the Father's love for His Son. Whether we "perform" or not, HIS LOVE IS THERE! Whether we "feel" close to Him or not HIS LOVE IS THERE! Whether we have spent time with Him or not HIS LOVE IS THERE: Encircling us, unconditional... unceasing.
"ABIDE IN MY LOVE"
Jesus extends Himself to us by saying in effect, "My love for you is available now. You don't have to work or beg for it. Just accept it and rest in it. Because I have already paid the price for your sin, I offer My love to you freely. Simply live in it. Freely drink of it."
To abide in His love, we need to understand two truths: First, Christ's love for us is unconditional. Second, experiencing His love is predicated upon obedience to His word:
"If you obey My commands, you will remain in My love, just as I have obeyed My Father's commands and remain in His love." (John 15:10 )
As Jesus experienced the Father's love through obedience to His will, so we experience Jesus' love through uncompromising obedience to His word.
"Abide in My love". This is Jesus' gracious invitation to you today. Take Him at His word and enjoy what He died to give you: His loving friendship.
I trust you are having a great week!
© Copyright 1996 Dwight Hill. Unlimited permission to copy or use is hereby granted subject to inclusion of this copyright notice.
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