8 – The Love Command

John 15:9–14

9 I have loved you in the same way that the Father has loved me. Continue to live in a way that shows my love. 10 If you obey what I have told you, you will be living in my love. In the same way, I have obeyed what my Father has told me to do. In that way, I live in his love. 11 I want you to be completely happy, in the same way that I myself am happy. That is why I have told you these things.

12 This is the rule that I give to you: You must love each other, in the same way that I have loved you. 13 A person really loves his friends if he dies on behalf of them. Nobody could love anyone more than that. 14 And you are my friends, if you obey my message.

John 15:9-14 EasyEnglish Bible (EASY)

Did you Know?

  • Jesus’ friends here are his twelve disciples.
  • All of God’s commands are summed up in the command to love.
  • Jesus taught about love right before he died to show he loved his friends.

The Meaning of the Story

We become God’s friends by saying we are sorry for the wrong things we have done. Often these wrong things hurt other people. We have not loved people as we should. But God forgives because he loves us.

What should we do next? How should we live as God’s friends? Since God loves us, we should love each other. What does it mean to love one another? Jesus’ own life was the example. In a few hours, Jesus would die for his friends. He would give up his life so they could have the best life. That is love. Love is doing for others what you would like them to do for you.

Jesus taught his friends that when they love one another, they will be really happy. We find true happiness when we do things for other people. Jesus was happy, because he always loved and obeyed his Heavenly Father.

Who is Jesus?

God is powerful and wise and faithful and just. But above all else, God is love. Jesus is God’s son. What is true about God is true about Jesus. So, Jesus is love.

Jesus was the best teacher. A good teacher lives out what he teaches. We do not listen to a teacher who says one thing and does something else. Jesus spent his life helping those in need and commanded us to love others like that. His greatest act of love was dying for us so we could live forever.

Thinking about the Story

  1. How many times is the word ‘love’ or ‘loving’ used in this story?
  2. What is love?
  3. What is true happiness?
  4. How do we find true happiness?
  5. Has someone ever died for you?
  6. How has God shown that he loves you?