Yesterday we talked about what our most important task was, to stay connected to God. He is the vine, we are the branches. And, within that, if we stay connected to the vine, stay deeply rooted in God, we will bear fruit.
The branches that come from the vine, they bear much fruit.
But, what is that fruit? What are we called to bear? What is it called to look like? What happens in our lives?
Look what Jesus tells us today in the next passage in John 15: 12-14:
“This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you.
One of the early Christian writers Tertullian once wrote this, “See how these Christians love each other.” That’s a powerful statement to me. When others, when the world, we every one sees us as Christians, they shouldn’t say,
Man, those Christians love to fuss and fight.
Man, those Christians just can’t get along.
Man, those Christians, they just are tough to deal with.
That’s not what God wants for us. What is this new commandment that Jesus has left for us? To love.
And if we stay connected to the vine, live out of Him, we will bear much fruit. We will love.
Today, may we focus on our walk with Him. And may that walk produce His love in our lives. May we bear that fruit!
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