“As the Father loved Me, I also have loved you: abide in My love” (John 15:9).
Attempting to prepare His closest followers for His departure, Jesus here uses the concept of love to encourage them to remain faithful. He knows of the many trials and persecutions that await them as they began the ministry to which He has charged them.
The apostles surely realize the great love existing between Jesus and His Heavenly Father, and most assuredly they understand the intense love He has for them. He says, then, continue in that love—in fact, He says, live in that love. In other words, He tells them not to forget it.
As the knowledge of that love is to bolster the apostles so they can endure what awaits them after Jesus departs, so we today can allow the knowledge of His intense love for us to bolster us to the point that we, too, can make it through life’s struggles and remain faithful to Him.