November 8, 2020, John 15:4-17, ISSL Reflections Post 3

You will find this week’s Scripture from New Revised Standard Version, the Common English Bible and The Message here –;CEB;MSG

Let’s follow up on 5 ways we can abide in Jesus.

Would you mind if I share a few thoughts I had since my last post?

First, let’s step back to our Scripture from last week, John 13:1-15,

[Jesus] got up from the table, took off his outer robe, and tied a towel around himself. Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet and to wipe them with the towel that was tied around him…. “Do you know what I have done to you? You call me Teacher and Lord—and you are right, for that is what I am. So if I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have set you an example, that you also should do as I have done to you.’”

Do you think as Jesus sets an example he is giving us a clue to how we abide with him?

Then I recalled the words of Jesus from Matthew 25:31-46,

“… just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me…. Truly I tell you, just as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.”

When we do something “to” Jesus, might that be abiding with him. Likewise, if we fail to do something “to”Jesus, have we walked away from abiding with Jesus?

And in our passage for this week Jesus tells us,

“This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you…. You are my friends … I am giving you these commands so that you may love one another.”

Do friends “hang out” with one another?

What can you think to add to our list of ways we might “abide in” Jesus, “abide with” Jesus, spend time with Jesus?

{ubi caritas et amor, Deus ibi est}

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