Remaining in the Vine. John 15:9

Posted on February 9, 2012 by

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“As the Father has loved me, so I have loved you. Now remain in my love.”

This is really the critical element to our remaining in the Vine. Do we REALLY believe that Jesus has loved us (and now loves us) with the very love that the Father has for Him?

All of my wandering, self reliance and pride, all of my sin and shame can be traced back to whether or not I truly believe that I am a Beloved Child of the Father and His Son!

As the father of the demon possessed child said in Mark 9, “I believe, help my unbelief!” The battleground in our faith is seen in this honest and true statement. Jesus saw the crisis of faith and the turmoil that it caused in this man. He did believe that Jesus was the answer to his son’s problems, but I believe that he wasn’t quite so sure that Jesus wanted to heal him! And, truth be told, aren’t we all like that as well? Why am I so quick to forget that Jesus is the great Lover of my Soul and as a result I am, as the hymn says, ‘prone to wander, Lord I feel it, prone to leave the God I love.”

But Jesus did see faith in the midst of the doubt and and saw his faith win out if only in his statement to Jesus, “I believe, help my unbelief.” He immediately healed his son.

If you are not sure of the Father’s great and tender love for you, or even if you doubt that He could love you, look to the Cross where God sent His Son to pour out His blood for you. He loves you with an undying, overcoming life-giving love that draws us to Him and gives us the desire to live at the foot of that Cross and to remain in Him.

Beloved Child of God, He does indeed love you and that love does not waver because of our sin and failures, it is dependent on His perfect love alone!

In the aftereffects of a devastating tornado that destroed every building in its path, except for the First Baptist Church in Moore, Oklahoma, rescue workers set up a temporary hospital and shelter for those whose homes were destroyed. As the night fell and the disoriented townspeople struggled to know where to go as all landmarks were destroyed, the Red Cross aimed 2 spotlights at the church’s steeple and instructed people to ‘Go to the Cross, go to the Cross.’

For us to be rescued and remain in the Father’s great love for us, we need to go to the Cross as well!

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