Words from the Heart for Monday April 5th, 2021
As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. 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.
John 15:9-10 (NIV)
Remain in My Love
Not every immigrant to Canada remains in the country. Some can’t handle the culture shock and return to their country of origin. Others find opportunity in another country and move there. One blogger, who immigrated to Canada in 2016, lists ten reasons why someone who moves to Canada might leave again. She says, “When an individual decides to move to another country, it’s important to understand and accept the culture and lifestyle of this new place.”
We have just celebrated the resurrection of Jesus Christ. It is the most joyful of all events on the Christian calendar. The One who came to die in order that we can have eternal life was not captive to the grave. Satan’s great victory in the Garden of Eden had finally been defeated. For the followers of Jesus, death no longer holds a grip over us – it is simply the passageway to that for which our hearts have longed since the day we trusted Jesus as our Saviour. Jesus’ death and resurrection were the apex of His loving acts portrayed in the Gospels. No greater love has anyone than to lay down their lives for their friends, the Bible teaches us. How do we respond to that love? Jesus answers that question in John 15:9-10: “As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. 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.” As we move on past Easter, this is good advice. God loves His Son perfectly. And we are called to love others in the same way. Remain in Jesus love, and love others.
These have been words from the heart.