Today in our Wednesday morning men’s group we were discussing walking in the Spirit to mortify the deeds of the flesh. From that discussion, abiding in Christ was mentioned. What it means to abide in Christ has always challenged me. I appreciate John Piper’s take on it and commend it to you. Enjoy the video at the end.

“We can see the picture Jesus has in his mind in verse 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.” There’s where I get the power idea. “Apart from me,” Jesus says, “you have no power to do anything.” You cannot love each other as I command you to love, if you do not abide in me as I abide in my Father.

So the newness of Jesus’ commandment is not only that Jesus has become our pattern for love by taking the role of a servant, but also that Jesus has become our power for love by himself abiding in the Father so that as we abide in him we are given the very love of the Father with which to love each other.”

I love the thought that Jesus is not only our pattern for love, but he has become our power for love.  Apart from Him we can do…NOTHING!

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