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01/30/2013

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Maintainance


"As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love" (Jn.15:9).

Many of the valuable things that we own need to be maintained. Homes and cars need to be maintained to keep them operating smoothly. Human relationships must be maintained to keep them vibrant and meaningful. In the last part of this series about the relationship between us and God, we come to the maintenance part. As viable fruit producing branches, we must stay in contact with the vinedresser through the vine... Jesus' love is not conditional and the quality of God's love is not simply dependent upon obedience. Now don't get me wrong... Obedience is part of the equation. Jesus obeyed the Father in all things and expects us to do the same with Him. If we obey Jesus, we get to abide in His love, so the implication is that without obedience the relationship cannot last. "If you obey my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have obeyed my Father's commands and remain in His love" (V 10). After we get the handle on this obedience thing, there is more that we must do every day to maintain the relationship. It deals with the quality of love that we are to have for one another. Jesus set the bar for us. He loved without qualification, as that love even extended to enemies. His love was such that it led Him to lay down His life for all to be saved. "I have told you this that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. My command is this: Love one another as I have loved you" (Vs 11-12). Jesus tells us that this love is our path to joy. A life filled with happiness, laughter, and satisfaction awaits those who learn and practice this love of those around them. It is also the way that we maintain the relationship with God that we ought to have....

Have a great day.... Do good.... Give God the glory.... Love mark Phil.4:11

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