August 13, 2017: SOAP #2810: Jeremiah 13-15; John 15 Scripture:  John (NIV) 15:9 “As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love 12 My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. John (NIV) 15:16 You did not choose me, but I chose you and [...]

August 13, 2017: SOAP #2810: Jeremiah 13-15; John 15

Scripture:  John (NIV) 15:9 “As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love
12 My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.

John (NIV) 15:16 You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit"fruit that will last. Then the Father will give you whatever you ask in my name
19 If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you.

Observation: There are many themes in this chapter!  But the Lord seemed to direct my thoughts to two:   love and choice.

Love:   it is not that I love Him, but that He loves me!   Yes, I do love Him, but His love came first!   My obedience is proof of my love, but that in no way compares to the proof of His love for me!!!

Choice:   again, it is not that I choose Him, but that He chooses me!   My choosing him is a 'no brainer.'   His choosing me"that's a different story!   It is a love story.

Application:   He loves me; how can I but love Him in return!    He chose me; how can I but choose Him in return!   His love is proved by His choice!   My love is also proved by my choices.

Prayer:     Heavenly Father, you can see my love in my choices.  Forgive me for choices that made my love for you appear small or even non-existent.  I want you, and everyone who witnesses my choices, see that you are theme of my life.   Amen

Pastor Leon
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