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Abiding—hanging out, remaining where you are, staying put—that is what Jesus is telling his disciples to do.  If we will simply remain in his love, we will keep his commands and experience the joy of our salvation.  This is big news as we navigate through a culture that hates God.  We do not have to earn his approval or gain his love, we simply have to stay put within the love he offers.

Our relationship with God is personal.  As we develop it, like any other intimate relationship in our lives, it is not about constantly earning love, it is about simply abiding in the love we have.  Jesus calls his disciples friends.  That is an important distinction.  Friends do not always need to earn approval, they are simply loved because they are friends—they simply remain in the love they already have. 

So, for us—for today, simply Abide, hang out, remain and stay put in the loving arms of our heavenly father.  I promise you, there is no better place on earth!

God Bless You

“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.

“As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. 10 If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love. 11 I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. 12 My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. 13 Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. 14 You are my friends if you do what I command