Why do I always focus on “Abiding in love”?
Because according to Jesus, we “cannot bear good fruit” *except* when we abide in love!
What does that mean?
It means that we can *perform* millions of “good deeds” that have no value in the Kingdom. Like Paul, we would look back and say ~ all those things that I *had done* for the sake of religion, I “count them but rubbish”. (Phil.3:2-10 summarized)
Paul made it abundantly clear that even if he had all knowledge, power, revelation, musical ability, etc…and had not performed them in perfect (selfless) love, they were dead works! (1 Cor.13:1-4)
So let’s slow down with our desire to do great and mighty things and seek the “better way” that Paul spoke of when he exhorted Corinth to pursue the *greater gifts* in 1 Cor.12.
The Better way is love.
The greatest gift is love.
The greater works that Jesus spoke of in John 14:12?
Anything that is not performed in perfect, selfless, humble love is dead works in the Kingdom.
Jesus spoke of this abiding in John 15: 4“Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless it abides in the vine, so neither can you unless you abide in Me.”
What is this fruit and how do we bear it?
John 15: 8“My Father is glorified by this, that you bear much fruit, and so prove to be My disciples. 9“Just as the Father has loved Me, I have also loved you; abide in My love.”
Jesus’ did abide in the love of the Father and *that* is how he glorified the Father and bore much fruit. Jesus wasn’t motivated by a list of rules or Commandments. Jesus was motivated by agape love for the Father and the world!
When we “walk as he walked“, we live by faith in Father God’s love. When we abide in love, we almost accidentally do good deeds. Good deeds are a natural overflow of a person intoxicated with the love of God! Good works are the default setting for a beloved son or daughter. We don’t have to conjure up some list of obligations just like I don’t wake up everyday with a burden to prove my love for my children and wife.
As I abide in love, I find myself spontaneously performing loving acts of selfless service and giving. Like I said, it’s almost accidental.
Just like a “branch” on “The Vine” does not need to strive to bear good fruit. By virtue of being connected to the Vine, a branch bears good fruit. It’s natural.
So be like Jesus and receive the love from the Father!
Actually, you can’t even continually experience the Presence of God unless you abide in love! 1 John 4:16We have come to know and have believed the love which God has for us. God is love, and the one who abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him. 17By this, love is perfected with us…”
Bask in God’s love first thing in the morning and easily and naturally continue to grow deeper rooted in his love (Eph.3:15-20). Then observe the good fruit that will abundantly overflow from your intimate union with Jesus, who is the Vine of Love!
Love is the Vine and love is the fruit. Abide in love and you will bear the One perfect fruit of the Spirit, which is love! (Gal.5:22)
“This is how you glorify the Father” ~ Jesus in John 15:8