As the Father has loved me, so I have loved you; abide in my love.
Jesus promises to us the same love God has shown him. This promise is of eternal love, not one that is momentary or fleeting. It is certain and true and never-ending, even in the darkest moments of our lives. As we embrace and accept this love, we will know of no other place to turn. In return for this eternal gift, God asks of us one request–a simple statement to trust and to abide in this love. Not to turn away from God when life gets hard but to have hope, which builds faith that in turn builds trust. For this magnificent gift of God’s love, we only have to turn our hopes, faith, and trust towards Jesus. It is a wonderful gift of freedom for the small price of abiding.
Points of Reflection
- What has been the hardest about accepting the love of God through Jesus?
- What does abiding in Jesus’s love mean?
- Why is God’s love so important, and how is it different from the love we receive from others?
Blessings, until next time,
Bruce L. Hartman
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