Abide in Him
Written by: Emily Crout
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“You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. Remain in me and I in you. Just as a branch is unable to produce fruit by itself unless it remains on the vine, neither can
you unless you remain in me.”
- John 15:3
Take time to read John 15 and think about what it stirs inside of your heart. I don’t know about you but I often find myself missing the bigger picture. When I read John 15 I was focusing on my failures and the times I do a pretty crummy job remaining in the Lord's love and bearing fruit. I quickly became overwhelmed with my shortcomings and failures which led to missing the whole point of what Jesus was saying in this Scripture.
I thought back to my negative attitude when my plans didn’t go according to plan, how snappy I’ve been with my loved ones, the moments of selfishness I have on a daily basis, and the list goes on. My focus remains on all of my failures instead of the hope in each new day and the forgiveness that is freely given.
Jesus doesn’t begin by saying in order to be a part of His vine we have to be flawless branches producing the best fruit in the garden. Jesus says that He will redeem the dead branches and give them abundant life; we don’t have to wait until we have reached a level of perfection in order to be worthy of His love! Jesus is asking us to simply remain in Him and together we will bear the fruit of His Holy Spirit. We have never been alone in this life.
“The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.” - Galatians 5:22-23
When we rest, dwell, abide, and remain in Him we find that He is the source of our strength and our ability to produce fruit. We aren’t being asked to do all of this on our own but instead to join our sweet Jesus and let Him give us the power to love and look like Him. We are called to grow in our love for the Lord and it will lead to our growth in obedience and a heart like His. We won’t and aren’t expected to flawlessly bear the fruits of the Spirit in every moment of every day, but find comfort and truth in knowing Jesus is by your side and supporting you to grow each day.
1. What were your first thoughts when you read John 15 and how it applied to your life?
2. What does it look like to “remain” in the Lord?
3. What fruit of the spirit are you currently struggling with showing? How can you be held accountable in growing?
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for making it known that we are not alone. Thank You for redeeming me and giving me the true privilege to display Your character through my life. I pray that You teach me more about how to remain in You and lean on You, not myself. I am so thankful to be called Your daughter and I pray to continue to find ways to look and love like You do. Amen.
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