kjv@John:15:15@ Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you.
kjv@John:15:16@ Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you.
kjv@John:15:18@ If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you.
kjv@John:15:19@ If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.
kjv@John:15:20@ Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also.
kjv@John:15:21@ But all these things will they do unto you for my name's sake, because they know not him that sent me.
kjv@John:15:22@ If I had not come and spoken unto them, they had not had sin: but now they have no cloke for their sin.
The believer must know that the Christian walk is not a finalized product it is a developing process, it is a process of pruning and purging toward the goal of increasing the quantity and quality of spiritual fruit.
Jesus obeyed the Father's commandments and therefore abides in His love. Like wise, if we are to abide in His love we must obey His commandments. His command is that we love one another, not as the world would love one of it's own, but, as Jesus loved us even to the giving of His own life. How is it that we can give our lives to one another? Sacrificing, investing our time/energies/resources, surrendering our personal interest/advancement, etc...
The reality of our situation is this: We have been chosen, we have been ordained, we have been empowered, for the purpose of bearing fruit, if we continue to abide. Abiding has everything to do with obeying, obeying everything to do with giving ourselves in love to one another. How quickly this all can get mis-construed if we fail to keep these facts in focus. Christianity then is not a play along at home board game. It is not a play along with only those few other Christians that you personally like and get along with. It is a fruit producing "doing all things for the Lord as He loved us" obedience.
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