One of my favorite words for the year is dwell, but equally challenging, if not more so is abide. In John 15, Jesus urges his followers to abide in Him. We often talk about Jesus’ invitation to come to Him, but once we accept, it’s easy to overlook the invitation to come and actually remain—to abide in Him and with Him, and experience the joy of living firmly rooted in Him alone.
In John 15:9, we see Jesus urging us to abide in His love. What I love about this is that before He asks us to abide in His love, He precedes the invitation by depicting His love for us.
We’ve looked at God’s love many times on this blog, but here I love how Jesus describes His love: “In the same way the God of the Universe and My Father loves me, His only Son, that is how I love you!”
Wow! Jesus loves us the same way His heavenly, perfect, all-powerful Father loves Him. Isn’t that amazing?
Andrew Murray, author of the book Abide in Christ (an amazing book based on John 15) writes of this Love:
“This love of God to His Son must serve as the glass in which you are to learn how Jesus loves you. As one of His redeemed ones, you are His delight, and all His desire is to you, with the longing of a love that is stronger than death and that many waters cannot quench. His heart yearns after you, seeking your fellowship and your love. Were it needed, He could die again to possess you. As the Father loved the Son and could not live without Him—could not be God the blessed without Him—so Jesus loved you. His life is bound up in yours; you are to Him inexpressibly more indispensable and precious than you ever can know. You are one with Himself. “As the Father hath loved me, I also have loved you.” What a love!”
He continues to describe in detail how His love for us is eternal, perfect, gentle, and unchangeable.
Tomorrow we’ll look more at the call and prompting to abide in Jesus’ love, but before getting into that, once again, I wanted to remind us of how deeply and perfectly loved we are by Christ.