In God’s Abiding Love

John 15: 9-17
Acts 1:15-17,20-26 / Ps 113

I appointed you to go and bear fruit, fruit that will last, so that the Father will give you whatever you ask him in my name.
(John 15:16)

Whatever the task doesn’t matter
In God’s love remain and believe;
Whatever we ask of the Father
In Jesus Christ’s name we’ll receive.

Jesus said, ‘As the Father has loved me, so I 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. I have said these things to you so that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be complete. ‘This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you. I do not call you servants any longer, because the servant does not know what the master is doing; but I have called you friends, because I have made known to you everything that I have heard from my Father. You did not choose me but I chose you. And I appointed you to go and bear fruit, fruit that will last, so that the Father will give you whatever you ask him in my name. I am giving you these commands so that you may love one another.” (John 15:9-17)

Reflection

Simply said, it’s all about love. In the first two verses (9 & 10), our Lord mentioned the word “love” five times. And His definition of love is keeping His commandments. That is to say we cannot really love if we are not obedient to God’s laws. Love then entails responsibility– being responsible in upholding the natural laws of God, and the care of others, especially the weak and underprivileged. Our Lord Jesus, however, did not give this commandment of love to make our lives difficult; on the contrary, His intention was “that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be complete.” It’s true. Those who serve because of love are genuinely happy. Of course we do not have to lay down our life for our friends like Jesus did for the sake of love; but we can “die a little” for the benefit of those we serve, such as doing without, or going an extra mile, or having less that others may have more. Hardly a week passes that no person in need comes knocking at my door, and as a Christian, I see in each one the face of Jesus, so that none of them goes away disappointed. If you want to be a friend of Jesus, don’t ever ignore His friends in need. And what a great privilege it is to be His friend, to be given the grace of understanding, to be at peace, and be full of joy, knowing that He has chosen you “to go and bear fruit, fruit that will last.” And why should we hold anything back? Jesus said, “Do not worry… your heavenly Father knows what you need… all these things will be given you” (Mt.6:31-33).

All who believe in Jesus and His commandment of love are chosen by the Lord for specific tasks that contribute to the benefit and well-being of our community as well as those who need our help. I believe it is the love of God pervading our brotherhood that encourages us to work together as a team, making each Christian Life Program, or medical mission of mercy a successful endeavor, and drawing us even closer to each other in genuine love. We are likewise motivated by the words of our Lord Jesus, “Everything you ask the Father in My Name He will give you.” Yes, indeed! The Lord did not hold back on anything we prayed for, because we intercede for each other in prayers. This is a clear manifestation of our obedience to His commandment of loving one another.

Thank You, Lord, for the opportunities of being able to serve You in our community, and for increasing our faith even more as You showed us Your miracle of love. Amen.

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