In this passage Jesus reveals the secret to overflowing joy: a beautiful cycle of obeying and loving. He shares how much joy He has in His relationship with His Father, a relationship fueled by obedience and love. Christ wants us to enjoy this same cycle of basking in His love, obeying Him, and pouring this love out on others. We can’t unselfishly love others on our own. We must first be filled with the joy of Christ’s love before it can overflow out of us and to the people around us.
Questions for further thought:
1. How does it feel to know that Jesus specifically chose you and loves you? (v. 16)
2. What does “love each other” mean to you?
Challenge: Christ commands us to love each other sacrificially. Take a step forward this season and do what you know He wants you to do. Experience the joy of obeying in love!
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