Memory Monday – Week 98

In John 15:12 – 17, Jesus speaks of His love. John 15:16 says, “You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit–fruit that will last–and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you.”

It’s so refreshing that Jesus first loved us. There is nothing that we had to, have to now, or will have to do to earn His love. He made the first choice. Our relationship with Him is solely based on love. He desires a relationship with us. He invites us into one and as the last part of this verse tells us, whatever we ask in HIS name, He will do for us. Not because we deserve it, but because He is a giving and loving father who wants to bless us.

It’s up to us to accept or reject His love. When we accept Him as our Savior, He commissions us to go into the world to bear fruit. What a humbling gift He has given us! He gives us the opportunity to lead others and desires for us to love others, just as John 15:17 says. There is SO much fruit we can bear. The opportunities He trusts us with are endless.

When we remain in Him, we can bear fruit because of Him. Just as talked about at the beginning of Chapter 15, He is the vine and we are the branches. We must know Him and know His word, so we can follow His invitation to bear fruit. The more we are in tune with Him, the more we will recognize the areas and ways He is using us to bear fruit.

I just had friends over yesterday and we were outside looking at our garden. Can I tell you how exciting it is that we have more tomatoes than we know what to do with? But, the plants that have not done well, well, it’s disappointing. Isn’t it the same way with our lives? The fruit we bear is rewarding. It brings joy and life. But, if we bear no fruit then we aren’t following the commission Jesus gave us. He loved us and appointed us to build His kingdom. It’s up to us to be obedient to what He has called us to do. Don’t miss out on His invitation to choose Him, bear fruit, love others, and receive an abundance of blessings from Him. 

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  • Biana @Blovedboston
    Posted at 09:01h, 13 July Reply

    I honestly can’t wait for the day we can have a garden with fresh veggies!! xo, Biana – BlovedBoston

  • Jojo
    Posted at 09:13h, 13 July Reply

    I was actually thinking about something similar today and here is ur post acknowledging what I was questioning.

  • Susan Gay Jeffries
    Posted at 09:20h, 13 July Reply

    Thank you Lord for choosing me and the everyday reminders that you place in my life! Have a great day!

  • Stephanie
    Posted at 09:32h, 13 July Reply

    Beautiful- thankful for small reminders in the every day.

  • Mary Collins
    Posted at 09:59h, 13 July Reply

    Thank you for the encouraging words. May I say that you are more fortunate than I when it comes to tomatoes. I didn’t try to plant any this year because they just don’t produce for me.

  • Asheli
    Posted at 10:44h, 13 July Reply

    We need thoses disappointing veggies to really feel the accomplishment of the tomatoes!

  • Nina @ Flowers in my Hair
    Posted at 11:04h, 13 July Reply

    Thank you for this reminder today!

  • Dayne
    Posted at 11:35h, 13 July Reply

    His love is amazing!

  • Jelli
    Posted at 13:11h, 13 July Reply

    This is similar to what I heard preached at church yesterday. The man told us that as an old man, the Apostle John often taught, but taught the same message over and over and over, to love one another as God loved us. Suppose it got boring, but the message was the core of what Jesus came for- to love.

  • Johanny
    Posted at 14:17h, 13 July Reply

    Love your blog! Amazing to find people like you. God bless

  • Rebecca Jo
    Posted at 14:23h, 13 July Reply

    All of that sounds like a win-win… love others, get a blessing? Yes please!

  • Kelly @ SoKo Blog
    Posted at 14:43h, 13 July Reply

    We are constantly reminding our students that He loved you first, before we ever loved Him. And He will continue to love us all of our days 🙂

  • Andi
    Posted at 15:12h, 13 July Reply

    that’s one of my challenges – spending more time in His Word 😀

  • Shann Eva
    Posted at 19:27h, 13 July Reply

    The Garden is a great metaphor. Very nice post. Thank you for sharing.

  • Roxanne
    Posted at 19:54h, 13 July Reply

    How much greater is it to know that He uses our fruit in ways we’ll never comprehend. I take such comfort knowing his ways are greater than mine.

  • Chari
    Posted at 20:14h, 13 July Reply

    Amen! I love that scripture!

  • Marie with
    Posted at 20:34h, 13 July Reply

    Love that HE chooses us and uses us!

  • Melanie Pickett, Flying Blonde
    Posted at 21:18h, 13 July Reply

    Isn’t that both humbling and so amazing to know that God chose ME, chose US. It makes me feel infinitely loved to know this.

  • Emerald
    Posted at 21:34h, 13 July Reply

    That’s my phone wallpaper, “He loved us first”. It is very refreshing that this is true 🙂

  • Jennifer DeFrates/Heaven Not Harvard
    Posted at 21:49h, 13 July Reply

    I love this verse! I’ve been spending a lot of time thinking about bearing fruit of the Spirit recently. I can so much more fruit in my own life, just in tiny places throughout my day.

  • Leslie
    Posted at 22:52h, 13 July Reply

    TO not just love but to bear fruit. Great scripture to try and live out daily.

  • Cheryl Smith
    Posted at 22:55h, 13 July Reply

    Oh, how wonderful to know that Jesus loved us first! I sometimes have a hard time taking it in…it seems like it is easy for me to recognize and accept the fact that He loves others, but in light of my many failures and issues, it is hard for me to believe that He loves me. Yet, He proves it to me in so many wonderful ways. Thank you for this wonderful post, Caroline!

  • Melanie
    Posted at 02:17h, 14 July Reply

    It’s always good to be reminded that HE chose ME. Thanks for sharing this.

  • jennifer prod
    Posted at 09:12h, 14 July Reply

    love the garden analogy <3

  • Rach @ This Italian Family
    Posted at 12:17h, 14 July Reply

    I love that scripture! And the comparison to your garden. So much truth. 🙂

  • Finley
    Posted at 21:52h, 14 July Reply

    wonderful caroline! the more we lean in to Christ the more fruit we will bear. One of our pastors spoke about this a few weeks ago at church and it really got me. As christians we shouldn’t just be a branch standing there waiting for fruit and being surprised when we don’t get any that season. We should be pushing into the trunk of the tree constantly to bear fruit EVERY season!

    Posted at 06:02h, 15 July Reply

    lovely, encouraging words that are so true!!

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