Love and Joy Perfected
9 “As the Father loved Me, I also have loved you; abide in My love. 10 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.
11 “These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full. 12 This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. 13 Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends. 14 You are My friends if you do whatever I command you. 15 No longer do I call you servants, for a servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I heard from My Father I have made known to you. 16 You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you. 17 These things I command you, that you love one another.
Father we thank You for Your friendship. We thank You that there is fullness of joy in Your love. Forgive us for not exemplifying the kind of love that You have instructed us to have. Teach us how to model this love and train our children to do so also. We want to be good friends to You and to others also. We want our children to use the principles of God without any perversion from the enemy. We want them to bear fruit that remains. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen!