Jesus is speaking in theses verses telling his disciples about how to stay connected to him and the Father. It is by love. Everything we do should be motivated by love. Jesus commands us to love one another as he loved us. We understand mentally what he is saying, but let's look alittle deeper, because what he did we should do.
1.) He laid down his life willingly for sinful man.
2.) He suffered mentally, emotionally, and physically for us.
3.) He loved those who persecuted and hated him.
4.) When he was accused he kept silent or said what his father said.
5.) Jesus healed the sick, delivered the oppressed, and spread the good news.
Everything Jesus did was in love. He stayed connected to his Heavenly Father by walking in love. Listening only to what the Father said. So as believers if we want our joy to be full we must love one another as he loved us. Impossible you may say, but the word says nothing is impossible with God!
It is all about our choice to believe his word and walk in faith or not. If we abide which means stay close to him we will learn to walk in love as he did. It is a life long process for us to be transformed into his likeness so do not be discouraged when you fail. God knows all about our human frailties but he loves us so much he sent jesus anyway. He is an awesome God!
From the heart of Pat James. God bless all of you! You can send comments to me at email@example.com.