“As the Father loved Me, I also have loved you; abide in My love. 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” (John 15:9-10, NKJV).
First things first. Do you see the order here? This is of utmost importance. Before Jesus’ instruction to obey, came His instruction to abide. This is absolutely foundational. If we learn to abide, then obedience will be the spontaneous, natural result.
Take a moment. Sit back. Get into a relaxed position, ready to receive from God. Slowly read Jesus’ words again. “As the Father loved Me, I also have loved you; abide in My love.” Now close your eyes and marinate yourself in those words, asking for His Spirit to take them much deeper into your heart.
He loves you…
- with the same degree of intensity
- with the same fierce passion
- with the same caliber of tenderness
- with the same unbounded delight
- with the same unbreakable covenant loyalty
…that Daddy loves Him with. And He invites you to stay there. To abide there. To dwell there. To live there. To make that unending love your atmosphere, your bubble, your home. Swim in it. Breathe it in and out of your lungs perpetually. Eat it. Drink it. Bathe in it. Float in it. Stay immersed in it. Never leave.
Then: “Keep My commandments…” If you follow Instruction #1, Instruction #2 will not be hard. In fact, Holy Spirit promises us, “His commandments are not burdensome” (1 John 5:3, NKJV). I will mention, though, there is a way that they could feel burdensome. That happens when we forget about Instruction #1.
If we remember, though…! If we abide…! If we live entwined with God, wrapped up with Him, snuggled into His bosom, then His commands are not burdensome. We learn a lifestyle of yielding to Holy Spirit. He flows through us and does the work. He cleans our hearts when they need it. He fills us with power. He loves our enemies through us. He puts goodness into our hands and kindness into our smiles.
Jesus gave Himself as our example. “…Just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love.” He is in the bosom of the Father (John 1:18). Entwined with Daddy, He lived His earthly life in this posture. From that place, Holy Spirit anointed Him to go about doing mind-blowing works and setting people free from the devil. He yielded, and Daddy moved through Him.
What a glorious way to live! And it’s for us too. This, no more and not less, is exactly what He’s offering us. So let’s be eager to learn, more and more every day, to abide… in His love.
“I love each of you with the same love that the Father loves me. You must continually let my love nourish your hearts. If you keep my commands, you will live in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands, for I continually live nourished and empowered by his love” (John 15:9-10, TPT).
What are some things that have helped you along on your own journey of learning to abide in the Father’s love?