I believed in Jesus Christ as Lord for years before I truly came to understand the significance and exceeding importance and dire need to learn how to ABIDE IN CHRIST. The Holy Spirit in fact impressed upon me that this word ABIDE would be critical for the rest of my life. Now I understand it’s not just critical and crucial for me. It’s of dire importance to each and every one of Jesus’ followers. Know what God tells us to do along with abiding in Jesus? He tells us to ABIDE IN GOD’S LOVE! Well, that makes perfectly good sense, doesn’t it? After all, GOD IS LOVE!
“He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.” 1 John 4:8 KJV
I have come to see, understand, and rejoice in this idea of abiding in Jesus and His love as this. TRUSTING IN GOD, RESTING IN GOD, LOOKING TO GOD, REJOICING IN GOD, HOPING IN GOD, FINDING PEACE IN GOD, COMMUNING WITH GOD, PUTTING MY EXPECTATIONS IN GOD, HAVING FAITH IN GOD, FINDING COMFORT IN GOD, SPENDING TIME WITH GOD, PRAISING GOD, THANKING GOD, WORSHIPING GOD, OBEYING GOD, LIVING THROUGH GOD, ENJOYING GOD, EXPERIENCING GOD, SEEKING MERCY FROM GOD, FINDING GRACE IN GOD, SEEKING GOD, SEEKING WISDOM FROM GOD, DRAWING NEARER TO GOD, FELLOWSHIPING WITH GOD, LISTENING TO GOD, HEARING GOD, LIVING FOR GOD, FINDING HEALING IN GOD, AND ON AND ON IT GOES.
Love is but one aspect of the awesomeness of God and of learning to abide in Jesus. And yet it should never be minimized or overlooked or neglected in the unfathomable immeasurable importance of abiding in Christ. Know what Jesus says specifically in one verse about abiding in His love? He says this:
“If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love.” John 15:10 KJV
Oh, friend, we mustn’t just say we believe Jesus is Lord and that He died on the cross for us and was raised from the dead. We must humble ourselves and live wholly for Him! We must live in obedience to the Lord. In our obedience to God we abide in His love just as Jesus God’s only begotten Son while on this earth obeyed Father God’s commandments. Oh, how exceedingly important it is that we see that God’s love for us and our love for God and faith in Him must go hand in hand with obedience. Love and obedience, oh yes!
Oh, dear Lord, teach us your ways. Teach us to love and obey you. Teach us to abide in you. Teach us to do what I didn’t understand for so very long. Teach us to rest and trust and hope and rejoice in you, dear Lord. Bring the word and concept and beauty of abiding in you, Lord, to life and light in each of our hearts and lives, dear Father. Help us abide in you moment by moment, breath by breath, now and forever, AMEN!