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Greater Love

John 15:13

Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.

profileToday is Valentine’s Day.  Guys, I warned you last Friday that today was Valentine’s Day.  There is no excuse.  And with the snow keeping so many folks home – it is a great time to spend some quality time together – even if you can’t get out.  Did you get your card ahead of time?  You were given a week’s notice! lol

I have this thing I do with my wife and daughters.  I text them periodically and tell them – I love you.  They normally text back – I love you too – or – I love u 2.  Most times I will text back – me more – meaning I love them more!  We have done this for decades – even before we had cell phones to text.

Let’s read today’s passage in partial context.  Please take the time to read about God’s love for us on this Valentine’s Day.   John 15:1-17 – 1 “I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser. 2 Every branch in me that does not bear fruit he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit. 3 Already you are clean because of the word that I have spoken to you. 4 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. 5 I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. 6 If anyone does not abide in me he is thrown away like a branch and withers; and the branches are gathered, thrown into the fire, and burned. 7 If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. 8 By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit and so prove to be my disciples. 9 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, 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.

Another good one is John 3:16 – For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.

On a day we remember love – let us remember the love that God has for us and the love that we are to show to one another.  Show love – God’s love – to someone today.  Express love in what you say and do to those you come in contact with today.  Show some of this greater love today!

Just something to think about today as you go on your way.

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February 14, 2014 - Posted by | Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Marriage, Outreach, Personal, Prayer, Theology | , , , , , ,

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