Jesus encourages us in John 15:9 “I have loved you even as the Father has loved me. Remain in my love” (NLT).
Our world is full of songs, stories, and discussions about love. We are born into a world full of relationships, and they matter to us right from the beginning. This is what Jesus is speaking about-a love known as “agape”.
Agape is the kind of love that relates to others socially and morally. And though it often seems our world is full of our failed attempts, most of us have honestly tried to relate to others in this way. But why is it so difficult?
It has been said that agape is a “doing love,” and that we need this love dedicated to doing. But there are many different ways of “doing love.” The most loving thing to do in one situation, may not be what is needed in another. In fact, apart from the supreme love, we “can do nothing.” Apart from the supreme purpose, nothing we do will last. And there are too many unknowns to figure this out on our own.
Thankfully, we have been given the solution. It is as simple as breathing. It is constantly flowing to and from the source of life, while remaining in it. It’s simple, but sometimes difficult, and sometimes painful. And as we reflect on the book of John, Jesus shows us that love requires humility, endurance, and sacrifice. True love, and most obviously the “greatest love,” flows from the supreme source.
We are described as branches in John 15, possibly broken branches, as the Greek suggests. But we have a loving Father who knows how to lift and prune branches. We don’t need to know every answer to every problem. We need to know the love and the power of the one who does. Jesus loves us and has the power to give us life. And as we keep looking to him and following his lead, his love transforms us step by step.
Staying in love, expectantly remaining in God’s love, why wouldn’t we? We were born for this. Anyone with any hope, longs to love and be loved. And though we may not be through the difficulties yet, be encouraged. With this kind of help, we are well on our way to the “happily ever after” we dream about.
Terri and Curtis Rosychuck
Erickson Covenant Church