Devotion - May 8, 2021

John 15:9-11

As the Father has loved me, so I have 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. I have said these things to you so that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be complete.

Reflection by Duke Yaguchi

Jesus is giving the real reason to obey the commandments. It isn't to be faithful to a doctrine or even to keep on the straight and narrow. It is to know joy. Jesus knows that there is no joy in murder, stealing, jealousy, etc. He wants us to be loving people so that we may understand God's love.

Jesus' message isn't a "Thou shalt" message. It's more of a message of love. If you are a loving person, you will know the love of God.


Dear God, I thank you for sending your love through Jesus. May I reflect your love back to others. In your name, I pray. Amen.

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