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Conduit of Love


God is the creator of heaven and earth. Everything He created is good. God is love. He demonstrated His love by sending His Son Jesus to earth to save the world. Jesus loved the world so much that He gave His life for our salvation. True love is about serving and giving.


Most people have a distorted view of love. What’s in it for me? What have you done for me lately? Many think that love is more about getting than giving.

God commands His people to love one another. Jesus said we must even love our enemies. True love is more than just a feeling, it’s a supernatural fruit of the Holy Spirit.

Jesus said, “I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in me that does not bear fruit he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit. Already you are clean because of the word that I have spoken to you. Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.” John 15:1-5

The cultivation of vineyards was important to the life of Israel. And so, Jesus used something familiar to illustrate this union that we have with Him.

Jesus is the true vine. We are the branches. The Father is the vinedresser. He said, “Abide in me and I in you.” Abiding in Jesus means developing your relationship through time spent with Him. It also involves obedience. Study the scriptures and apply what you learn. You should obey, not out of compulsion but simply out of love and gratitude for what Jesus has done for you.

To abide means to remain in fellowship with Jesus so that His life, love and joy can flow into you and through you like a conduit or channel. This occurs as you allow the Holy Spirit to do His transforming work. Love is the fruit of the Holy Spirit.

By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit and so prove to be my disciples. John 15:8

Fruit is the proof of a true disciple and fruit brings glory to God.

A branch is useless by itself. It can’t produce fruit on its own because it gets life from the vine. Being united with Jesus through the Spirit makes fruit bearing possible. Since you are just the branches, you need to abide in Jesus because without Him you can do nothing.

Jesus said, "As the Father has loved me, so have I 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. These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full." John 15:9–11

God does not merely love. He is love. That is His nature and character. The Father loves the Son with perfect, everlasting love. Jesus loves you the same way. His command is that His followers must abide in His love.

Jesus proved His love for the Father because He was willing to humble Himself, submit to the Father and obey His commandments. Likewise, the proof that you abide in Jesus’ love is your willingness to humble yourself, submit to Jesus, obey His commandments.

The result of abiding in His love is that you will have the joy of the Lord in you and your joy tank will be all filled up.

Joy and happiness are not the same thing. Happiness is fleeting and superficial. Joy springs from within. Jesus doesn’t promise you will live happily ever after. He promises you His joy. No matter what happens in this life, you can still have the joy of the Lord.

Jesus says, you abide in His love by keeping His commandments. What is His command? Love one another the same way that He loves you. 


A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. John 13:34

God’s love is much more about giving than getting. It’s about how can I best serve you rather than “what’s in it for me?” It’s a love that seeks the very best for others. It’s an unconditional, sacrificial, selfless love that puts others' needs ahead of your own. It’s an active choice. It is not a warm fuzzy feeling or emotion.

That kind of love is not natural. It’s not something you can just muster up on your own. It is a supernatural fruit of the Holy Spirit.

Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. Philippians 2:3-4


That’s what it means to have the mind of Christ.

 

That’s exactly how Jesus displayed His love. Jesus put our needs ahead of His rights. He was willing to sacrifice His life for us. The greatest love is to lay down your life for others.


Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13


The proof that Jesus loved the Father was His willingness to submit and obey His commands. Even though He had equal status with God, He willingly submitted to the Father in order to carry out the salvation plan.


And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Philippians 2:8-11

Jesus put our needs ahead of His divine rights, He came to serve. He sacrificed His life. It’s easy to serve when it doesn’t cost you anything. But if there is a price to pay then people quickly lose interest. The test of a truly submissive heart is how much you are willing to sacrifice.

But here is the paradox… the more you give, the more you receive, the more you sacrifice, the more God blesses. That’s why obedience leads to joy; you bear much fruit, become more like Jesus and it glorifies God.

God wants you to be a conduit of His love. Allow God’s love to flow through you. Love others the same way Jesus loves you. Because God is love and all the other fruit of the Spirit grow out of love.

Be willing to put others first. This involves selflessness, serving and sacrifice. Jesus’ life and love flow to you because you are connected to Him. He is the vine and you are the branches. God’s love has been poured into your hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to you. Now He wants you to unleash that love and let it flow to others. Love them in the same way that He loves you. No matter whether it’s your brothers and sisters in Christ, your family, your friends, or even your enemies. You can be a conduit of God’s love today.


So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love. 1 Corinthians 13:13

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