Abide in Christ


Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me. (John 15:4)

  • How is behavior altered?
     
  • Both reason and will are important in making moral decisions and exercising self-control.
     
  • But neither of them has proven very effective in changing behavior.
     
  • In other words, information alone is not powerful enough to transform behavior.
     
  • As Jesus’ followers, we want to grow and change spiritually.
     
  • Many years ago, the Lord Jesus told His disciples how that could happen.
     
  • He said, “Abide in Me, and I in you. As a branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me”.
     
  • Jesus is the Vine and we, His followers, are the branches.
     
  • We are utterly helpless and spiritually ineffective apart from Him.
     
  • Jesus transforms us spiritually and reproduces His life in us, as we abide in Him.
     
  • A change in behavior always begins with Jesus changing our heart.

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