Abide: John 15: 9-11

3 Camellia blossoms

As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Abide in my love. 10 If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love. 11 These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full.

John 15: 9-11 (ESV)

Jesus said, “Abide in my love.” Remain, exist, stay, continue, live, and survive are a few synonyms for the word abide. All the words encourage us to exist in Jesus’s love just as He has followed God the Father’s instructions and remained in His love. How do we abide in Jesus’s love? By keeping His commandments and by discovering our potential by following His path for us. His love and path lead to a blessed life full of joy.

This Advent season, where will you find joy?

Prayer: Teach us dear, Lord, to abide in You, to follow You, and accept your unconditional love. Like the three Camellia blossoms are gathered together, we thank you for the threefold love of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit for us. Lord, we praise you for you are a benevolent loving Father who guides us along a path to love, peace, and joy. Amen.