{John 15:9-13; NLT}

“I have loved you even as the Father has loved me. Remain in my love. When you obey my commandments, you remain in my love, just as I obey my Father’s commandments and remain in his love. I have told you these things so that you will be filled with my joy. Yes, your joy will overflow! This is my commandment: Love each other in the same way I have loved you. There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.”

It is important for us Christian people to recover this neglected aspect to our discipleship, obedience. Nowadays we all have many moral decisions to makeā€”for example in the spheres of business ethics, sexual practices, divorce and remarriage, the life and death issues of abortion and euthanasia. I am not claiming that Jesus Christ offers pat answers to complex questions or slick solutions to intricate problems. Nor should we seek them. He wants us to grow into maturity by developing a Christian mind and using it. But there are some moral absolutes and more moral principles in the teaching of Scripture, which we need to hold fast. The Christian way of righteousness, humility, and love is clearly enunciated in the Sermon on the Mount and in the ethical parts of the apostles’ letters, and beautifully exhibited in the fourfold portrait which the evangelists paint of Jesus himself. We have not been left to grope in moral darkness.

John Stott, Life in Christ, pp. 61-62

Questions to consider:

  • Why is obedience such an important part of discipleship?
  • What obstacles get in our way as we seek to obey Jesus?
  • How does Jesus give us an example to follow?
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