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Digging Deeper for Today: Wednesday, April 23, 2014
The Vine and the Branches
“I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener.
He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful.
John 15:2 (NIV)
You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you.
John 15:3 (NIV)
Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.
John 15:4 (NIV)
“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.
John 15:5 (NIV)
If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned.
John 15:6 (NIV)
If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.
John 15:7 (NIV)
This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.
John 15:8 (NIV)
“As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love.
John 15:9 (NIV)
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.
John 15:10 (NIV)
I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete.
John 15:11 (NIV)
My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.
John 15:12 (NIV)
Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.
John 15:13 (NIV)
You are my friends if you do what I command.
John 15:14 (NIV)
I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you.
John 15:15 (NIV)
You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you.
John 15:16 (NIV)
This is my command: Love each other.
John 15:17 (NIV)