You are my friends when you do the things I command you.
I’m no longer calling you servants because servants don’t understand what their master is thinking and planning. No, I’ve named you friends because I’ve let you in on everything I’ve heard from the Father.
“You didn’t choose me, remember; I chose you, and put you in the world to bear fruit, fruit that won’t spoil. As fruit bearers, whatever you ask the Father in relation to me, he gives you.
“But remember the root command: Love one another.
John 15: 15-17
Wow, Lord, to be chosen by you to be a friend.
I am humbled and to be honest a little ill at ease.
I should feel loved and joy, but find deep inside me a wariness – What does this mean?
But you are always clear and honest. You tell us what you are thinking and planning. What am I to do as your friend?
You gently respond – Love one another.
Love is the fruit I am to bring forth into the world.
Everything I do, think, believe boils down to love.
If it is not rooted in compassion and devotion, then I must let it go.
Why do we humans make this so difficult, Lord?
Why do we continue to choose misleading directions and false detours?
Here you are – teaching us clearly, lovingly and openly – just choose love.
If in doubt, do the most loving action I can.
If filled with worry and fears, focus more on love than anxiety.
If lonely and uncertain, remember who calls me friend – you.
What comfort that thought brings.
This is where my heart belongs. Where my soul resides. Only in you, Lord.