May 1, 2014

john15-16

John 15:12-27

A number of years ago, a woman approached me about her faith. She was a wonderfully involved Christian who extended herself in loving and supportive ways to many around her. She struggled about her loving expressions to others. She wondered if her love was genuine or if she was simply expressing what our Lord has commanded. The responses to her loving expressions were observable. Many gathered around her for numerous career and social activities. She garnered a number of people in her work place to join with her for daily devotional time during morning breaks. She was fruit-bearing as she influenced others to draw nearer to Jesus Christ.

In John 15, Jesus commanded his disciples to love each other and stated that he chose them to go and bear fruit. Love is a powerful force in God’s relationship with us and also in our relationships with each other. It moves us to do wonderful things with and for each other, and also, for the building up of God’s kingdom.

Prayer: Gracious and loving God, move me in loving ways, as I interact with the world around me, to bear fruit that will endure in Jesus’ name. Amen.

 Today’s devotion was written by Rev. Robert V. Alle, NALC Pastor.

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