John 15 tells a fascinating and incredible story of how to abide in God’s love, that I believe we should all experience. God speaks volumes to us in His word about the love He has for us. He left His word not only as instructions on how we should live, but more so as a love letter to each one of us collectively and individually. The bible says that love covers a multitude of sins. What greater love can you experience than to have an advocate for life? A friend, a comforter, a protector, provider, a confidant and more. One who loves you unconditionally. No matter what you do or have done in your lifetime this far, He loves and cares for you.
We all feel like we need someone we can trust besides ourselves. One we can go to with our deepest heartfelt feelings and darkest secrets, who would never reject us or turn us away. God is that one…..
The one who will shelter us and nurture us. He said in John 15:2 that He cleanses and repeatedly prunes us so that we will continue to bear more and richer and more excellent fruit.
John 15:2 (AMP) 2 Any branch in Me that does not bear fruit [that stops bearing] He cuts away (trims off, takes away); and He cleanses and repeatedly prunes every branch that continues to bear fruit, to make it bear more and richer and more excellent fruit.
As our creator, we cannot live apart from Him. It is just as the leaves in the fall are. When the time comes the leaves fall from the trees, but when they fall they no longer have what they need to live, they wither up and die, returning to the dust of the ground. In order for them to be that bright green vibrant color that is appealing and beautiful in our eyesight they must be connected to the branches of the trees. But more than the leaves God said that we are the branches and He is the vine.
John15:5 I am the Vine; you are the branches. Whoever lives in Me and I in him bears much (abundant) fruit. However, apart from Me [cut off from vital union with Me] you can do nothing.
The stem or trunk is the strongest point of the tree, it supports the branches and leaves. Beneath the ground are the roots which serve as an anchor to the tree. God is already established forever. His roots hold the nutrients we need to survive and sustain life. He breathed life into us, which was the beginning of our very existence.
Genesis 2:7 Amplified Bible (AMP) Then the Lord God formed man from the [a]dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath or spirit of life, and man became a living being.
Footnotes: Genesis 2:7 The same essential chemical elements are found in man and animal life that are in the soil. This scientific fact was not known to man until recent times, but God was displaying it here.
Originally posted on March 7, 2018 @ 12:01 PM