Thursday, March 31, 2011

John 15

My next few memory verses are found in John 15, beginning with verse 1. (If the Lord leads me to other verses in a few weeks, I will listen and sow the verses He chooses in my heart.)

I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. 2 He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes[a] so that it will be even more fruitful. 3 You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. 4 Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.
5 “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. 6 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. 7 If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. 8 This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.

9 “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. 15 I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. 16 You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you. 17 This is my command: Love each other.

In a world which seems to be imploding, wars, nuclear accidents, earthquakes, a tsunami, financial meltdowns, cruelty, etc - we know Jesus is coming. He died on the Cross to save all people. Keep your eyes on Him and pray for non believers to come to know Him as Lord and Savior. I pray He pours out His mercy and grace in the war zones as well as Japan.


Sheryl said...

I love it that He chooses us.

Not many in this world choose Him.


angie said...

Thank you for holding me accountable, Annette! I wrote a little something on my (new) blog. You are on my heart today!

Love you,