9 καθὼς ἠγάπησέν με ὁ πατήρ, κἀγὼ // ὑμᾶς ἠγάπησα \\ , μείνατε ἐν τῇ ἀγάπῃ τῇ ἐμῇ. 10 ἐὰν τὰς ἐντολάς μου τηρήσητε, μενεῖτε ἐν τῇ ἀγάπῃ μου, καθὼς ἐγὼ // τὰς ἐντολὰς τοῦ πατρός μου \\ τετήρηκα καὶ μένω αὐτοῦ ἐν τῇ ἀγάπῃ. 11 ταῦτα λελάληκα ὑμῖν ἵνα ἡ χαρὰ ἡ ἐμὴ ἐν ὑμῖν ^ ᾖ καὶ ἡ χαρὰ ὑμῶν πληρωθῇ. 12 Αὕτη ἐστὶν ἡ ἐντολὴ ἡ ἐμὴ ἵνα ἀγαπᾶτε ἀλλήλους καθὼς ἠγάπησα ὑμᾶς· 13 μείζονα ταύτης ἀγάπην οὐδεὶς ἔχει, ἵνα τις τὴν ψυχὴν αὐτοῦ θῇ ὑπὲρ τῶν φίλων αὐτοῦ.
Abide in God, Keep his commandments, love one another, and thereby, be filled with joy.
John 15 :9-13 9. Just as the Father has loved me, I also have loved you, abide in my love. 10. If you keep my commandments, you will remain in my love, just as I keep my Father's commandments and remain in his love. 11. this I say to you, in order that my joy may be in you and your joy may be complete.
1. Jesus Loves me. That Jesus loves me, is no small matter. I - even when I a rebel towards Christ, hating and despising him, rejecting him - am loved by Christ Jesus. Jesus has done the greatest act of love in laying down his life for me. Furthermore, I learn in these verses that his love for me is as great as the bond of love between the Son and the Father, which is a love beyond what man can even comprehend. Therefore, if Christ loves me this much, should I not be willing to love others with a Christ like love no matter how much it hurts? 2. I am commanded to love. I am commanded to abide in God's love and to love like Christ. I do not have options. I cannot pick and choose who to love. I am not told to love other's only when it's easy to love or when the person is loveable. I am commanded to love other's like Christ and that means all peoples at all time. 3. I cannot be abiding in God If I have don't have love. To have no love is to separate myself from the love of Christ and that is the worst and most dangerous place to be. To be separated from Christ's love is to be damned. I cannot be abiding in God's love if I am not keeping his commandment to love others, but nor can I love others without Christ giving me his love first enabling me to love others. 4. My joy can only be full when I abide in Christ's love. There is true joy that comes in abiding in Christ and keeping his commandments. God delights in giving his children joy, but that joy is only found in abiding in him. Yet I cannot have this joy if I am not abiding in love. Joy is found in abiding in Christ's love and loving others with the love that he fills us with.
καθὼς ἠγάπησέν με ὁ πατήρ,
i As the Father has loved me,
κἀγὼ ⸂ ὑμᾶς ἠγάπησα ⸃ ,
j so have I loved you.
μείνατε ἐν τῇ ἀγάπῃ τῇ ἐμῇ.
Abide in my love.
ἐὰν τὰς ἐντολάς μου τηρήσητε,
k If you keep my commandments,
μενεῖτε ἐν τῇ ἀγάπῃ μου,
you will abide in my love,
καθὼς ἐγὼ ⸂ τὰς ἐντολὰς τοῦ πατρός μου ⸃ τετήρηκα
just as l I have kept m my Father’s commandments
καὶ μένω αὐτοῦ ἐν τῇ ἀγάπῃ.
and abide in his love.
ταῦτα λελάληκα ὑμῖν ἵνα ἡ χαρὰ ἡ ἐμὴ ἐν ὑμῖν ⸀ ᾖ
These things I have spoken to you, n that my joy may be in you,
καὶ ἡ χαρὰ ὑμῶν πληρωθῇ.
and that o your joy may be full.