12 My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.
To understand today’s verse and to apply it in our lives, the reader has to read the former verses (vv.1-10) where Jesus states he is the vine and we, the believers, are the branches (v.5). We cannot love each other as Jesus loved us if we don’t remain in the vine. Jesus had great joy in pleasing His Father by living a fruitful life and doing only what his Father told him (Heb. 12:2). The purpose of His teachings/commands is to give us an abundant life, not a joyless existence (John 10:10). Thus, obeying Jesus’s commands is for our joy (17:13). So, when Jesus states in verse 12 we should love one another, we should remember two things 1) we cannot do it unless we remain in Jesus and 2) by obeying Jesus’ commands as verse 12 instructs us, it is ultimately for our joy.
Thoughts for the day
- What does this passage tell you about God or Jesus?
- What do you feel God is telling you through this passage?
- How will you respond to God’s love for you?
Invite the Holy Spirit to still you, fill you, and restore you. “Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him”