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Daily reading: 12th August 2015

John 15.9-10

9 Just as the Father loves Me, so I love you. Remain in My love.

10 If you do keep My commandments you remain in My love, even as I have kept the commandments of My Father, and I remain in His love.

We all know that love is one of the greatest emotions that can be experienced by mankind. There have been countless songs written about love. In the 1960’s the Beatles composed their famous song: ‘All you need is love’. There are many other such songs, ballads, and poems that have been written about love.

Most of us are fortunate to have the joyful experience of being loved by our husband or wife, or by parents and siblings. Our homes are happy homes when they are filled with the love that husband and wife have for each other.

Love has been given to us by God; therefore, we are very privileged to experience His divine love flowing into our lives.

Jesus said that He loves us in the same way as the Father loves Him. Since they are eternal His love is also eternal, therefore, He will always love us.

The Bible, God’s word, tells us that God loves us. He assured His people that He loved them:

Long ago the LORD said to Israel: “I have loved you, My people, with an everlasting love. With unfailing love I have drawn you to Myself – Jeremiah 31.3 (NLT).

In his letter John wrote:

Look at the kind of love the Father has given to us that we should be called the children of God, and we are – 1 John 3.1.

The love of the Father flows to us through Jesus and the Holy Spirit. Paul wrote to the Romans and said:

For we know how dearly God loves us, because He has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with His love – Romans 5.5 (NLT).

Jesus was speaking to the disciples, and it was important that they were assured of His love and the Fathers’ love. They were about to go through the hardest times that they had experienced. They would be scared and frightened. Only one of them would attend His crucifixion. The rest were afraid that they too might be arrested, tried, and crucified. They knew that the Romans regarded life very cheaply.

In the light of all this Jesus tells them that He loves them in the same way as the Father loved Him.

What a great love, and such love constantly flows to us every day of our life.

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