John 15:1-12

“By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit and so prove to be my disciples” (v8).  Jesus told His disciples that the Father wanted them to “bear fruit” (v1-7), in other words, for God’s own love, goodness, and power to flow out from them into the world.  This would only happen one way: “Abide in Me, and I in you” (v4).  As we give ourselves to Jesus and receive more of Him daily, His life takes root in us, and our thoughts, desires, words and deeds become life-bearing “fruit” (v5).

“Abide in My love” (v9).  The process of growing in Christ and bearing fruit begins with resting in His unconditional love for us.