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When we are connected to Christ, the true Vine, He moves us to love Him and one another.

BibleGateway: John 15:9-17

ESV Text: John 15:9-17

John 15:9–17 (Listen)

As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Abide in my love. 10 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. 11 These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full.

12 “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. 13 Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends. 14 You are my friends if you do what I command you. 15 No longer do I call you servants,1 for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you. 16 You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you. 17 These things I command you, so that you will love one another.

Footnotes

[1] 15:15 Or bondservants, or slaves (for the contextual rendering of the Greek word doulos, see Preface); likewise for servant later in this verse and in verse 20

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KJV Text:

The section starts at about 1:2 and ends at about 2:17

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     9 As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love. 10 If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love. 11 These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full. 12 This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you. 13 Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. 14 Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you. 15 Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you. 16 Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you. 17 These things I command you, that ye love one another.(KJV)


Hymn: TLH 349 :
Jesus, Thy Boundless Love to Me

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1. Jesus, Thy boundless love to me 
No thought can reach, no tongue declare; 
Unite my thankful heart to Thee 
And reign without a rival there. 
To Thee alone, dear Lord, I live; 
Myself to Thee, dear Lord, I give. 

2. Oh, grant that nothing in my soul 
May dwell but Thy pure love alone! 
Oh, may Thy love possess me whole, 
My Joy, my Treasure, and my Crown! 
All coldness from my heart remove; 
My every act, word, thought, be love. 

3. O Love, how cheering is Thy ray! 
All pain before Thy presence flies; 
Care, anguish, sorrow, melt away 
Where’er Thy healing beams arise. 
O Jesus, nothing may I see, 
Nothing desire or seek, but Thee! 

4. This love unwearied I pursue 
And dauntlessly to Thee aspire. 
Oh, may Thy love my hope renew, 
Burn in my soul like heavenly fire! 
And day and night be all my care 
To guard this sacred treasure there. 

5. Oh, draw me, Savior, e’er to Thee; 
So shall I run and never tire. 
With gracious words still comfort me; 
Be Thou my Hope, my sole Desire. 
Free me from every guilt and fear; 
No sin can harm if Thou art near. 

6. Still let Thy love point out my way; 
What wondrous things Thy love hath wrought! 
Still lead me lest I go astray; 
Direct my work, inspire my thought; 
And if I fall, soon may I hear 
Thy voice and know that love is near! 

7. In suffering be Thy love my peace, 
In weakness be Thy love my power; 
And when the storms of life shall cease, 
O Jesus, in that final hour, 
Be Thou my Rod and Staff and Guide 
And draw me safely to Thy side! 


Hymn: LSB 588 :
Jesus Loves Me

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1. Jesus loves me! This I know, 
For the Bible tells me so. 
Little ones to Him belong: 
They are weak, but He is strong. 
Refrain: 
Yes, Jesus loves me! Yes, Jesus loves me! 
Yes, Jesus loves me! The Bible tells me so. 

2. Jesus loves me! He who died 
Heaven’s gates to open wide. 
He has washed away my sin, 
Lets His little child come in. [Refrain]