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26 Apr

As the Father has loved me, so I have loved you; abide in my love. If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love. I have said these things to you so that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be complete.  “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you. I do not call you servants any longer, because the servant does not know what the master is doing; but I have called you friends, because I have made known to you everything that I have heard from my Father. You did not choose me but I chose you. And I appointed you to go and bear fruit, fruit that will last, so that the Father will give you whatever you ask him in my name. I am giving you these commands so that you may love one another. (John 15:9-17, NRSV)

I do not call you servants, but I have called you friends. You did not choose me, but I chose you.

We were chosen by Jesus, not to be His servant, to serve Him, but to be His friend and serve the world. And there is no greater love, than to lay down your life for your friend. Jesus did this for us, while we were still far off from Him. Deserving to be cast aside, our lot was taken from us by Jesus who gave up His life for all of us.

And yet, He is not our master and we His slaves, we are His friends.

So go into the world sharing His love, and bearing fruit to help others see the love that God has for them.

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