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John 15: 12-17

(Jesus said) “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you. No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you. You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you. These things I command you, so that you will love one another.”


  • What jumps out for you in this passage?

  • How has Jesus loved each of us?

  • How is it possible that we love each other as he has loved us?

  • What role does the Holy Spirit play in helping us love others more and more the way Jesus first loved us?

  • What do you think is the difference between servants and friends?

  • What distinction does Jesus make between servants and friends?

  • Has Jesus told us, and shown us, what our Heavenly Father’s plan and purpose is for us all?

  • Why do you think God wants all of us to be saved?

  • How would you describe the love God has for us, that He would send His only Son to die for us so that we can live with Him forever?

  • Do you remember being chosen for something special as a child? If so, what was that like for you?

  • How does it feel in your heart, mind and soul that Jesus chose you to follow him?

  • How does it feel to know that he chose you and appointed you to bear fruit that will abide (have eternal significance)?

  • How does surrendering to the Holy Spirit everyday allow the Spirit to produce the fruit of the Spirit within us (love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness and self-control)?

  • Can anyone stop what the Holy Spirit wants to do in me, except my own resistance?

  • Ask God to fill you with His Holy Spirit, and then give the Spirit permission to transform you and lead you into the day, as you glorify God and love others.

  • Prayer

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