What Jesus Did! 'Where Love Is Shared, Joy Overflows' — John 15:11-14

Monday, October 8, 2018

[Jesus said,] "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. You are my friends if you do what I command."
— John 15:11-14 NLT
Illustration of John 15:11-14 NLT —  There is no greater love than to lay down one's life for one's friends.

Key Thought

What a wonderful blessing it is to be loved! We know God loves us with an everlasting love. He has called us into a family of love. He blesses us each out of his love for us. But Jesus, of course, is God's greatest example of love. When this love fills your heart and rescues you from sin and death, there must be joy!

Today's Prayer

Almighty and loving Father, God of all peoples, help me as I learn to be a more sacrificial and loving blessing to others. Keep my heart pure and my faith passionate. In Jesus' name, I pray. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Philippians 2:5-11
  • 1 John 3:14-17
  • Philippians 4:1


About This Devotional

What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright ©1996, 2004, 2007, 2013, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.