Scripture: John 15:9-17
John 15:9-17 (Listen)
9 As the Father has loved me, so have I 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 be 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, that someone lay down his life for his friends. 14 You are my friends if you do what I command you. 15 No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have 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 abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you. 17 These things I command you, so that you will love one another. (ESV)
9 As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love. 10 If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love. 11 These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full. 12 This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you. 13 Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. 14 Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you. 15 Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you. 16 Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you. 17 These things I command you, that ye love one another.(KJV)
Hymn: TLH 150:
Lord Jesus, Thou Art Going Forth
1. (The Soul:) Lord Jesus, Thou art going forth
For me Thy life to offer;
For me, a sinner from my birth,
Who So be it,then,Thou Who Hope of men;
Thee I shall follow weeping,
Tears flowing free Thy pain to see,
Watch o’er Thy sorrows keeping.
2. (Jesus: ) O Soul, attend thou and behold
The fruit of thy transgression!
My portion is the curse of old
And caused all Thou must suffer.
Now comes the night That sin’s dread might,
Man’s guilt I here am bearing.
Oh, weigh it, Soul;
I make thee whole,
No need now of despairing.
3. (The Soul: ) ‘Tis I, Lord Jesus, I confess,
Who should have borne sin’s wages
And lost the peace of heavn’ly bliss
Through for man’s sin My Passion.
Instead’tis Thou goest now everlasting ages.
My punishment to carry.
Thy death and blood
Lead me to God;
By grace I there may tarry.
4. (Jesus: ) O Soul, I take upon
Me now The pain thou shouldst have suffered.
Behold, with grace I thee endow,
Grace freely to thee offered.
The curse I choose thou mightst lose
Sin’s curse and guilt forever.
My gift of love
From heav’n above
Will give thee blessing ever. A men.
5.No merit has this heart of mine;
Yet while I live, I’ll tender
And all I own,
In love to serve before Thee;
Then when time’s past,
Take me at last
To Thy blest home in glory.