15 “I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. 2 He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes[a] so that it will be even more fruitful. 3 You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. 4 Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.
5 “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. 6 If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. 7 If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. 8 This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.
9 “As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. 10 If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love. 11 I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. 12 My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. 13 Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. 14 You are my friends if you do what I command. 15 I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. 16 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. 17 This is my command: Love each other.
I had to share this whole scripture here as it really exposed the secrets of love to me. The theme of this passage is to abide in Jesus Christ, but it also reveals so many secrets to success as a Christian.
It is the desire of every believer to be fruitful(bear fruits), but the question is: How do we bear fruit? A simple answer Jesus gave is to abide in Him (John 15:4).
What does it mean to abide in Jesus? Jesus said abiding in him is remaining in His love (John 15:9).
Jesus knowing that the time appointed for Him to return to the father had come, wanted to tell His disciples the secrets to their success as His disciples. To be successful as a disciple, He said “Abide in my love”, love one another just as I have loved you. Moving forward He mentions how His love for the father kept him doing the will of the father.
If you abide in love, you will do the will of God and you will bear fruit.
Dear friends, if we love one another sincerely, we will overcome sin. No wonder 1 Peter 4:8 says “Above all, love one another for love covers a multitude of sin”.
Take a moment to think of it. If you truly love your neighbor you wouldn’t covert his property nor look at his wife lustfully, you will not cheat to pass your medical exams neither would you collect a bribe.
A summary of John 15:1-17 is: abide in Jesus by living in His love (If you claim you love God but hate your brother, you are a liar); so love one another. If you abide in love, you will bear much fruit and God will give you whatever you ask in His name.
The secret is indeed love
Father thank you for revealing to me the importance you place in love for one another, help me to love my fellow men as by so doing I will be free from sinning against you. Amen!
But you, man of God, flee from all this and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance, and gentleness.(1 Timothy 6:11)