Sixth Sunday of Easter
“Abide in My Love”
Life in Christ is the wellspring of the joy of living, regardless of what we encounter in life. That is why Jesus’ request, “Abide in my love,” is so important for us.
In the context of those words, Jesus was fully aware that his followers, beginning with his disciples, were going to face various troubles in their lives and witness, and entreated them to remain loyal to him in the face of anything they might encounter.
His words, “Abide in my love,” should be a lifetime reminder of the need to remain motivated by his love, that the fruit of our relationship with him may bless the heart of God. By staying grounded in Christ’s love, despite the challenges we face, our Christlike character will be revealed in our attitude and actions.
In our Christian walk with the Lord, we will encounter troubles at various junctures that can nullify our faith and unsettle our spirit, but if we abide in his love, as he has directed his disciples, we will find happiness and joy amid all the troubles we experience.
Abiding in Christ’s love will define the depth of our faith and the strength of our character as we journey with Christ and face the challenges that come our way. Jesus obviously wants us to benefit fully from the blessings of his love, as he has benefited fully from his Father’s love.
Knowing this ought to remind us how special and privileged we are and motivate us to remain focused on our task, that nothing may separate us from his love. It should also remind us that Jesus is the source from whom and through whom we can fully benefit from the works of love.
Charles C. Harewood, pastor
First Moravian Church, New York, New York