I am the vine, you are the branches. Those who abide in me and I in them bear much fruit, because apart from me you can do nothing. John 15:5
“This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. John 15:12
In this passage, Jesus is giving his disciples the commandment to love. He uses the image of the vine to describe the communion with him that is necessary in order to follow the command. Without continuing communion, no fruit can be produced. Loving others is the fruit of this communion with Jesus. Jesus chooses us as friends and the most a person can do to show love is to lay down his life as Jesus did for us.
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