*The Point:   LET LOVE PERMEATE EVERY RELATIONSHIP

*Jesus said in John15:9-10  “As the Father has loved Me, I have also loved you. Remain in My love. 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.”

*Key Word: REMAIN (v.9)- A believer’s continual connection to Christ, like branches to a vine, is necessary for spiritual health and yields the fruit of love for others.

My husband’s favorite wedding gift is a wall clock from G&B. It’s been ticking on steadily for 12yrs. It’s not too big, not too heavy and the numerals are easily recognizable without being too in your face. Of course it is surrounded in wood, thus rendering it perfect for my husband. This clock has been always the last thing packed and the first thing put up with every move we had made. (5 moves) This clock has always been positioned just so. You must be able to see it as you leave and enter the house, and view-able from the TV. It was important for my husband to extend the courtesy of being on time. We where often early thus able to be relaxed and settled for any appointment.

*THE QUALITY OF YOUR RELATIONSHIPS WITH OTHERS WILL ALWAYS BE TIED TO THE QUALITY OF YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD.

* Obedience to God is the crucial factor in bearing fresh fruit in the lives of other people. Your commitment to Jesus’ commands is the linchpin to producing life in those around you (vv.5-8).

I had joined a Sunday School class at our Baptist church , after my husbands death, made up of single women. It wasn’t a good fit for me. Divorced and unwed women have nothing in common with widow’s, I’ve learned. Nor do they have the patience I need. (God has given me two widowed doctors. What a gift!) So I will join another class of mostly couples. The starred excerpts are from the Quarterly they are using which is all about Jesus!  It’s called: LIKE NO OTHER: THE LIFE OF CHRIST                                                                             LIKE GLUE: MAKING YOUR RELATIONSHIPS STICK                     It’s strange to me that the teacher is out for back surgery. It will be weeks before he will return. His wife does not feel called to teach. I love studying on my own. I can see and understand the deeper relationship building again with the Trinity. I can also see that during the twelve years the clock was ticking my study was and relationship with my Lord was not nearly as consuming. Though my husband and I walked together with Jesus and we welcomed Him in our home, I did not spend these hours in His Word.

*THE QUALITY OF YOUR RELATIONSHIPS WITH OTHERS WILL ALWAYS BE TIED TO THE QUALITY OF YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD.

I’m so grateful for the study habits I had developed through “Bible Study Fellowship” before the clock was hung.

*Jesus made it very clear in John 15 that there is an ocean-sized reservoir of love, but it doesn’t begin with us. Love is found in God. We must drink from the deep well of the heavenly Father’s supply if we ever hope to pour meaningfully into the lives of others.