Friday, December 2, 2022

Grace and Truth, Jesus Calls Us Friends, John 15:9-17

Verses 9-17: “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. 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. Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. You are my friends if you do what I command. 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. 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. This is my command: Love each other.


Dear Jesus, what a heart-stopping thought that you would call us friends. Help us to bring you joy. Teach us to love each other. Help us to better grasp that you chose to die for us. We love you. 


  1. This is what I needed to hear this morning!!! Joy, in the midst of the hustle and bustle is a rare commodity and a wonderful gift!!! Yet it's exactly what the Lord offers each and every day!! Thank you for this reminder, Kathy!!!! Merry Christmas and God bless you!!! :)

  2. From Sharon K Connell. The best Friend I've ever had. Thank you for the reminder, Kathy.

  3. What a calming, beautiful reassurance! In this season of love, let us all remember His command - Love each other.
    Thank you! And enjoy the season.
    Lotts of love, Michelle

  4. Thank you, Kathy, for this reminder of God's love for us and that we are counted as friends. What an amazing blessing that is! May you and yours find joy this advent season.