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John 15:9-11

Jesus said to his disciples, "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."

John 15:9-11
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    • I take some time to think of Jesus generosity: he loves me in the same way as the Father loves him. He is confident that I can be at home in his love. Can I doubt him?
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    • It’s simple: Jesus wants me to be happy! I realise that what is in question is not superficial but is a happiness that comes from joy of being ‘in the right place’ - in right relationship with God, with others, with myself. Help me, Lord, to abide.
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    • Jesus invites his disciples to keep his commandments not because he wants to restrict their freedom, but rather wants them to become more loving. Jesus knows that it is in the process of trying to live with a care for the wellbeing of others that we find the deepest joy and experience the deepest love.
    • Through union with himself Jesus desires for us a joy that is complete. How can we fail to be attracted and intrigued by that promise? How is my union with him progressing?
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    • If we could grasp God’s unconditional love for us, life would be radically a journey of joy. Joy can be present in the midst of hardship. Jesus’ joy is profound and deep, even in his Passion. It is the joy of being loved by the Father. My joy must spring from a deep down awareness that I am massively loved by God.
    • Lord, I do not know why you should care that my joy may be complete. But you do, so let me give time now to savour this and to praise and thank you.
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    • There are times when I seem to understand what this love means. Paul spoke of the love of God which is poured out in our hearts through the Holy Spirit who is given to us. Sometimes we can experience that love going through us, giving us joy in loving others. There is an energy in us which is not of our making. I think of one or two friends who radiate contentment; I think they are abiding in God's love, and feeling joy from it. Lord, maybe you will one day surprise me with this joy.
    • The deepest joys and satisfactions of life have to do with our experience of loving and being loved. Parents live forever in the atmosphere of the love they always have for their children. Love of friends is strong and lasts. Love enables us to die for others, love spends itself for another. Only love lasts as a motive for any good we want to do. Jesus knows that and links love and joy. Prayer nourishes love, and is at the service of love, the greatest of God's gifts.
    • The place of these words of Jesus is at the last Supper, so the writers are giving a pride of place to them - among his last words. The last words of anyone are generally well remembered. The full place of love in the Christian life is highlighted. All else flows from the love of God and ourselves uniting us together. Love of this kind leads to joy. We see Jesus as one who gifts us with joy and with love.
    • The way of Jesus is the way of fullest human love and fulfilment. His commands are not just for our duty, but are our path to joy and love in life. The love he means is the love that is welcoming, accepting and forgiving of others, as best we can. It is the love that joins his followers together. Without this love, the following of Jesus is empty and dry. His way of life is not just taught but shown to us by the way he lives.
    • Jesus wants to set me free. I realise that I do not have to earn anything and become aware that I cannot do so. As I come before God, I loosen my grip on my own intentions and plans. Praying for freedom, I share the joy of Jesus.
    • Jesus gives freely of the love of God, holding nothing back. I think of those people and situations that I deal with. I ask for the help I need to bring God's love to bear on them.
    • I might take some time to savour the word 'abide': a dwelling; place of rest; where I am restored; where I am known, loved and given heart. Why does Jesus speak of living in his love in this way?
    • Jesus says that my joy is incomplete and invites me to fulfilment. I make sure that I bring what ever makes me happy before God in my time of prayer.
  • Some thoughts on today's scripture

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    • There are times when I seem to understand what this love means. Paul spoke of the love of God which is poured out in our hearts through the Holy Spirit who is given to us. Sometimes we can experience that love going through us, giving us joy in loving others. There is an energy in us which is not of our making. I think of one or two friends who radiate contentment; I think they are abiding in God's love, and feeling joy from it. Lord, maybe you will one day surprise me with this joy.
    • The deepest joys and satisfactions of life have to do with our experience of loving and being loved. Parents live forever in the atmosphere of the love they always have for their children. Love of friends is strong and lasts. Love enables us to die for others, love spends itself for another. Only love lasts as a motive for any good we want to do. Jesus knows that and links love and joy. Prayer nourishes love, and is at the service of love, the greatest of God's gifts.
    • The place of these words of Jesus is at the last Supper, so the writers are giving a pride of place to them - among his last words. The last words of anyone are generally well remembered. The full place of love in the Christian life is highlighted. All else flows from the love of God and ourselves uniting us together. Love of this kind leads to joy. We see Jesus as one who gifts us with joy and with love.
    • The way of Jesus is the way of fullest human love and fulfilment. His commands are not just for our duty, but are our path to joy and love in life. The love he means is the love that is welcoming, accepting and forgiving of others, as best we can. It is the love that joins his followers together. Without this love, the following of Jesus is empty and dry. His way of life is not just taught but shown to us by the way he lives.
    • Jesus wants to set me free. I realise that I do not have to earn anything and become aware that I cannot do so. As I come before God, I loosen my grip on my own intentions and plans. Praying for freedom, I share the joy of Jesus.
    • Jesus gives freely of the love of God, holding nothing back. I think of those people and situations that I deal with. I ask for the help I need to bring God's love to bear on them.
    • I might take some time to savour the word 'abide': a dwelling; place of rest; where I am restored; where I am known, loved and given heart. Why does Jesus speak of living in his love in this way?
    • Jesus says that my joy is incomplete and invites me to fulfilment. I make sure that I bring what ever makes me happy before God in my time of prayer.
  • Some thoughts on today's scripture

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    • There are times when I seem to understand what this love means. Paul spoke of the love of God which is poured out in our hearts through the Holy Spirit who is given to us. Sometimes we can experience that love going through us, giving us joy in loving others. There is an energy in us which is not of our making. I think of one or two friends who radiate contentment; I think they are abiding in God's love, and feeling joy from it. Lord, maybe you will one day surprise me with this joy.
    • The deepest joys and satisfactions of life have to do with our experience of loving and being loved. Parents live forever in the atmosphere of the love they always have for their children. Love of friends is strong and lasts. Love enables us to die for others, love spends itself for another. Only love lasts as a motive for any good we want to do. Jesus knows that and links love and joy. Prayer nourishes love, and is at the service of love, the greatest of God's gifts.
    • The place of these words of Jesus is at the last Supper, so the writers are giving a pride of place to them - among his last words. The last words of anyone are generally well remembered. The full place of love in the Christian life is highlighted. All else flows from the love of God and ourselves uniting us together. Love of this kind leads to joy. We see Jesus as one who gifts us with joy and with love.
    • The way of Jesus is the way of fullest human love and fulfilment. His commands are not just for our duty, but are our path to joy and love in life. The love he means is the love that is welcoming, accepting and forgiving of others, as best we can. It is the love that joins his followers together. Without this love, the following of Jesus is empty and dry. His way of life is not just taught but shown to us by the way he lives.
    • Jesus wants to set me free. I realise that I do not have to earn anything and become aware that I cannot do so. As I come before God, I loosen my grip on my own intentions and plans. Praying for freedom, I share the joy of Jesus.
    • Jesus gives freely of the love of God, holding nothing back. I think of those people and situations that I deal with. I ask for the help I need to bring God's love to bear on them.
    • I might take some time to savour the word 'abide': a dwelling; place of rest; where I am restored; where I am known, loved and given heart. Why does Jesus speak of living in his love in this way?
    • Jesus says that my joy is incomplete and invites me to fulfilment. I make sure that I bring what ever makes me happy before God in my time of prayer.
  • Some thoughts on today's scripture

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    • There are times when I seem to understand what this love means. Paul spoke of the love of God which is poured out in our hearts through the Holy Spirit who is given to us. Sometimes we can experience that love going through us, giving us joy in loving others. There is an energy in us which is not of our making. I think of one or two friends who radiate contentment; I think they are abiding in God's love, and feeling joy from it. Lord, maybe you will one day surprise me with this joy.
    • The deepest joys and satisfactions of life have to do with our experience of loving and being loved. Parents live forever in the atmosphere of the love they always have for their children. Love of friends is strong and lasts. Love enables us to die for others, love spends itself for another. Only love lasts as a motive for any good we want to do. Jesus knows that and links love and joy. Prayer nourishes love, and is at the service of love, the greatest of God's gifts.
    • The place of these words of Jesus is at the last Supper, so the writers are giving a pride of place to them - among his last words. The last words of anyone are generally well remembered. The full place of love in the Christian life is highlighted. All else flows from the love of God and ourselves uniting us together. Love of this kind leads to joy. We see Jesus as one who gifts us with joy and with love.
    • The way of Jesus is the way of fullest human love and fulfilment. His commands are not just for our duty, but are our path to joy and love in life. The love he means is the love that is welcoming, accepting and forgiving of others, as best we can. It is the love that joins his followers together. Without this love, the following of Jesus is empty and dry. His way of life is not just taught but shown to us by the way he lives.
    • Jesus wants to set me free. I realise that I do not have to earn anything and become aware that I cannot do so. As I come before God, I loosen my grip on my own intentions and plans. Praying for freedom, I share the joy of Jesus.
    • Jesus gives freely of the love of God, holding nothing back. I think of those people and situations that I deal with. I ask for the help I need to bring God's love to bear on them.
    • I might take some time to savour the word 'abide': a dwelling; place of rest; where I am restored; where I am known, loved and given heart. Why does Jesus speak of living in his love in this way?
    • Jesus says that my joy is incomplete and invites me to fulfilment. I make sure that I bring what ever makes me happy before God in my time of prayer.
  • Some thoughts on today's scripture

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    Default
    • There are times when I seem to understand what this love means. Paul spoke of the love of God which is poured out in our hearts through the Holy Spirit who is given to us. Sometimes we can experience that love going through us, giving us joy in loving others. There is an energy in us which is not of our making. I think of one or two friends who radiate contentment; I think they are abiding in God's love, and feeling joy from it. Lord, maybe you will one day surprise me with this joy.
    • The deepest joys and satisfactions of life have to do with our experience of loving and being loved. Parents live forever in the atmosphere of the love they always have for their children. Love of friends is strong and lasts. Love enables us to die for others, love spends itself for another. Only love lasts as a motive for any good we want to do. Jesus knows that and links love and joy. Prayer nourishes love, and is at the service of love, the greatest of God's gifts.
    • The place of these words of Jesus is at the last Supper, so the writers are giving a pride of place to them - among his last words. The last words of anyone are generally well remembered. The full place of love in the Christian life is highlighted. All else flows from the love of God and ourselves uniting us together. Love of this kind leads to joy. We see Jesus as one who gifts us with joy and with love.
    • The way of Jesus is the way of fullest human love and fulfilment. His commands are not just for our duty, but are our path to joy and love in life. The love he means is the love that is welcoming, accepting and forgiving of others, as best we can. It is the love that joins his followers together. Without this love, the following of Jesus is empty and dry. His way of life is not just taught but shown to us by the way he lives.
    • Jesus wants to set me free. I realise that I do not have to earn anything and become aware that I cannot do so. As I come before God, I loosen my grip on my own intentions and plans. Praying for freedom, I share the joy of Jesus.
    • Jesus gives freely of the love of God, holding nothing back. I think of those people and situations that I deal with. I ask for the help I need to bring God's love to bear on them.
    • I might take some time to savour the word 'abide': a dwelling; place of rest; where I am restored; where I am known, loved and given heart. Why does Jesus speak of living in his love in this way?
    • Jesus says that my joy is incomplete and invites me to fulfilment. I make sure that I bring what ever makes me happy before God in my time of prayer.
  • Some thoughts on today's scripture

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    • There are times when I seem to understand what this love means. Paul spoke of the love of God which is poured out in our hearts through the Holy Spirit who is given to us. Sometimes we can experience that love going through us, giving us joy in loving others. There is an energy in us which is not of our making. I think of one or two friends who radiate contentment; I think they are abiding in God's love, and feeling joy from it. Lord, maybe you will one day surprise me with this joy.
    • The deepest joys and satisfactions of life have to do with our experience of loving and being loved. Parents live forever in the atmosphere of the love they always have for their children. Love of friends is strong and lasts. Love enables us to die for others, love spends itself for another. Only love lasts as a motive for any good we want to do. Jesus knows that and links love and joy. Prayer nourishes love, and is at the service of love, the greatest of God's gifts.
    • The place of these words of Jesus is at the last Supper, so the writers are giving a pride of place to them - among his last words. The last words of anyone are generally well remembered. The full place of love in the Christian life is highlighted. All else flows from the love of God and ourselves uniting us together. Love of this kind leads to joy. We see Jesus as one who gifts us with joy and with love.
    • The way of Jesus is the way of fullest human love and fulfilment. His commands are not just for our duty, but are our path to joy and love in life. The love he means is the love that is welcoming, accepting and forgiving of others, as best we can. It is the love that joins his followers together. Without this love, the following of Jesus is empty and dry. His way of life is not just taught but shown to us by the way he lives.
    • Jesus wants to set me free. I realise that I do not have to earn anything and become aware that I cannot do so. As I come before God, I loosen my grip on my own intentions and plans. Praying for freedom, I share the joy of Jesus.
    • Jesus gives freely of the love of God, holding nothing back. I think of those people and situations that I deal with. I ask for the help I need to bring God's love to bear on them.
    • I might take some time to savour the word 'abide': a dwelling; place of rest; where I am restored; where I am known, loved and given heart. Why does Jesus speak of living in his love in this way?
    • Jesus says that my joy is incomplete and invites me to fulfilment. I make sure that I bring what ever makes me happy before God in my time of prayer.
  • Some thoughts on today's scripture

    Active
    Default
    • There are times when I seem to understand what this love means. Paul spoke of the love of God which is poured out in our hearts through the Holy Spirit who is given to us. Sometimes we can experience that love going through us, giving us joy in loving others. There is an energy in us which is not of our making. I think of one or two friends who radiate contentment; I think they are abiding in God's love, and feeling joy from it. Lord, maybe you will one day surprise me with this joy.
    • The deepest joys and satisfactions of life have to do with our experience of loving and being loved. Parents live forever in the atmosphere of the love they always have for their children. Love of friends is strong and lasts. Love enables us to die for others, love spends itself for another. Only love lasts as a motive for any good we want to do. Jesus knows that and links love and joy. Prayer nourishes love, and is at the service of love, the greatest of God's gifts.
    • The place of these words of Jesus is at the last Supper, so the writers are giving a pride of place to them - among his last words. The last words of anyone are generally well remembered. The full place of love in the Christian life is highlighted. All else flows from the love of God and ourselves uniting us together. Love of this kind leads to joy. We see Jesus as one who gifts us with joy and with love.
    • The way of Jesus is the way of fullest human love and fulfilment. His commands are not just for our duty, but are our path to joy and love in life. The love he means is the love that is welcoming, accepting and forgiving of others, as best we can. It is the love that joins his followers together. Without this love, the following of Jesus is empty and dry. His way of life is not just taught but shown to us by the way he lives.
    • Jesus wants to set me free. I realise that I do not have to earn anything and become aware that I cannot do so. As I come before God, I loosen my grip on my own intentions and plans. Praying for freedom, I share the joy of Jesus.
    • Jesus gives freely of the love of God, holding nothing back. I think of those people and situations that I deal with. I ask for the help I need to bring God's love to bear on them.
    • I might take some time to savour the word 'abide': a dwelling; place of rest; where I am restored; where I am known, loved and given heart. Why does Jesus speak of living in his love in this way?
    • Jesus says that my joy is incomplete and invites me to fulfilment. I make sure that I bring what ever makes me happy before God in my time of prayer.