As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Abide in my love. (John 15:9 ESV)
Happy Sunday, friends! Today’s Sunday Night Starter is from John 15. If you have time to read the whole chapter this week, we encourage you to do so, but for today, we are focusing in on verse 9. Here, Jesus tells his disciples to abide in his love, which, we are told, is the same love that the Father has loved Him with. Let’s pause and consider this for a second: Jesus, God in the flesh, loves us with the same perfect, out-of-this-world, love that the Father has for Him! In fact, he invites us to abide in it! The Greek word used for abide in this verse is a verb meaning to stay, continue, dwell, endure, to be present.* This is an active word. We are to purposefully and continually dwell in, linger in, and live in Jesus’ love every moment of our day.
If you’re like me though, you often find your thoughts and emotions taking up residence in many other places….anxiety, fear, anger, and busyness, to name just a few. If this is our natural inclination, how can we remind ourselves to dwell in Jesus’ love? As we see in verse 10, Jesus says, “If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love”. Let’s call to mind how magnificent that love really is, so that our obedience and abiding flows out of that reality:
The love he has for us is the same as the Father has for His very own Son. (John 15:9 ESV)
“While we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8 ESV).
Once we were in darkness, and now we are in light (Eph 5:8).
Let’s preach the Gospel to ourselves.
This week, if you find yourself dwelling in anything less than the love of Jesus, consciously and actively remind yourself of His great love for you – love that is perfect, pure, and greater than we can ever fathom. Love that is more than enough for all the circumstances of our lives. And then, choose to abide in His love by obeying his commandments. Let’s love God with all our heart, soul, and mind, and love our neighbor as ourself. (Matt 22:36-40, ESV) This week:
Instead of dwelling in worry…I choose to dwell in the love of Jesus.
Instead of dwelling in pride…I choose to dwell in the love of Jesus.
Instead of dwelling in anger…I choose to dwell in the love of Jesus.
Instead of dwelling on my problems…I choose to dwell in the love of Jesus.
Instead of dwelling in ____________…..I choose to dwell in the love of Jesus.
We are praying for you as you seek to abide in Him this week!
Lettering by Sarah Boulware of @letterseed. Letter this verse or take a photo that reminds you of it and post it on Instagram with the hashtag #sundaynightstarter. We’d love to see your designs! Also, head over to Instagram to grab the lock screen for this week!