John 15:12 This is my commandment: Love each other in the same way I have loved you.
13 There is no greater love than 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 slaves, because a master doesn’t confide in his slaves. Now you are my friends, since I have told you everything the Father told me.
16 You didn’t choose me. I chose you. I appointed you to go and produce lasting fruit, so that the Father will give you whatever you ask for, using my name.
17 This is my command: Love each other.)
We are to Love one another. This is not a request. This is a command. We are to “Agape” love others. “When everyone is sitting in rows…you can’t do any one anothers". (Andy Stanley.)
Our challenge is to recapture the essence of “Ekklesia” i.e. “The local Church (Ekklesia) is a gathering of those who believe in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord, who are committed to meet regularly for worship, teaching fellowship, prayer and who help make disciples of all peoples.” (By Steven Cole).
Jesus’s promise to us who believe, we will bear much fruit and the fruit we produce will last. The fruit will have eternal significance.
But wait. This is more then just a promise. Jesus tells us this is why He chose us.
We are chosen to bear fruit, i.e. to live a life so that our life reflects Jesus Christ. Our life being lived as a witness to our Lord and Savior. Our fruit, those who come to know God because of our life, because our life is a reflection of Christ, because of our verbal testimony, our verbal witness of our Lord and Savior. This is how we are to “Love one another”. As Jesus said “ This is my commandment”.