Jesus is looking for lasting fruit in us: A transformed life of love, obedience, and reaching out to others.
*v.16 He chose us we did not choose Him – to bear lasting fruit! He loves and impacts people through us.
We will bear lasting fruit as we:
1. Remain (abide) in Christ and keep His Word remaining in us = stay connected to the true source of our life (verses 5,7,9)
To ‘remain’ means to fully live in (as in a house).
v.5b apart from me you can do nothing!
His Word remains in us as we meditate on it and hide it in our hearts. (Psalm 119 verse 11, verse 97)
2. We obey His commands, the greatest of which is to love one another! (verses 9-17)
v.12 Love one another as I have loved you! (others are drawn by the love we have for one another!) > I John 4:7-8