“As the Father loved Me, I also have loved you; abide in My love.”

John 15:9

from Max Lucado’s Come Thirsty:

“When you abide somewhere, you live there.  You grow familiar with the surroundings.  You don’t pull in the driveway and ask, ‘Where is the garage?’  You don’t consult the blueprint to find the kitchen.  To abide is to be at home.

“To abide in Christ’s love is to make His love your home.  Not a roadside park or hotel room you occasionally visit, but your preferred dwelling.  You rest in Him.  Eat in Him.  When thunder claps, you step beneath His roof.  His walls secure you from the winds.  His fireplace warms you from the winters of life.  As John urged, ‘We take up permanent residence in a life of love.’ (1 John 4:16, THE MESSAGE).”