Remaining in God's Love
“I have loved you even as the Father has loved me. Remain in my love. When you obey my commandments, you remain in my love, just as I obey my Father’s commandments and remain in his love. I have told you these things so that you will be filled with my joy. Yes, your joy will overflow! This is my commandment: Love each other in the same way I have loved you. There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.”
John 15:9-13 NLT
Let’s focus on one phrase— “Remain in my love.”
The word “remain” is found three times in this passage. In some translations, you will find the word translated “abide.” In the Message Bible, it says, “Make yourself at home.” I like that mental picture.
Jesus is encouraging us to “make ourselves at home” in His love. What does that mean?
When I make myself at home with someone, it means I feel welcomed, accepted, and comfortable. I don’t have to pretend to be someone I’m not; I don’t have to look perfect or act perfectly; I can be me. I feel free to be me because I feel loved and accepted.
When we begin to understand how much God loves and accepts us, we can start to relax in His love. We can have a sense of being accepted, which leads us to overflow with joy and allows us to love others.
When I feel loved, I am able to love. If I don’t feel loved—by God, by myself, or by others—I struggle to give love. When I realize God loves me, then I can begin to love myself. Even if I don’t receive the love I think I deserve from others, it is okay because I know God loves me.
Holy Spirit, please help me to know and accept Your love. Help me to know it so well that I can truly love myself and love others. Help me to be at home in Your love.
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