"You did not choose Me but I chose you, and appointed you that you would go and bear fruit, and that your fruit would remain, so that whatever you ask of the Father in My name He may give to you.” John 15:16
“This is my command: Love each other.” John 15:17
Thoughts of verse
Many misquote the first part of this verse as referring to initial salvation: you did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you. These words were spoken to men who had already believed on the Lord Jesus Christ and were being chosen and appointed to produce good and lasting fruit - to the praise of God the Father.
The Lord Jesus was only hours away from His crucifixion when He spoke these words to His eleven disciples. They were not chosen to receive salvation for they were already believers in Christ. These men were chosen to bear fruit that would remain. They had just learned that Christ was the true Vine, the Father was the farmer and they were branches. He was appointing those who had already believed on His name to bear much fruit.
Judas, who had been 'chosen' years before as one of Christ's 12 disciples… had heard the truth of the glorious gospel of Christ but did not mix the gospel he heard with faith and had already left to betray his Master.
Like Judas the eleven disciples had also been called to follow Jesus many years earlier. They had heard the same gospel and had mixed faith with the truth. These men were already saved disciples of Christ when he said this to them “you did not choose Me but I chose you and appointed you that you would go and bear fruit” and that your fruit would remain, so that whatever you ask of the Father in My name He may give to you.
When we are living in spirit and truth, we become fruitful to His praise and glory and will be guided by His Holy Spirit to pray into His will and character.
The work is all love: love in its hidden source the love of the Father; in its first manifestation, the love of Christ; and lastly, in its full outpouring, the love of believers for each other. Love is its root, its stem, its fruit. It forms the essential characteristic of the new kingdom, whose power and conquests are owing solely to the contagion of love. Therefore, our Lord left no other law but that of love to those who had by faith become members of His body.
Ten Biblical Ways to Love
1. Listen without interrupting. To answer before listening — that is folly and shame ~ Proverbs 18:13.
2. Speak without accusing. Be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry ~ James 1:19.
3. Give without selfishness. The righteous give without sparing ~ Proverbs 21:26.
4. Pray without ceasing. We have not stopped praying for you ~ Colossians 1:9.
5. Answer without arguing. Better a dry crust with peace and quiet than a house full of feasting, with strife ~ Proverbs 17:1.
6. Share without pretending. Speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of … Christ ~ Ephesians 4:15.
7. Enjoy without complaining. Do everything without grumbling or arguing ~ Philippians 2:14.
8. Trust without wavering. [Love] always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres ~ 1 Corinthians 13:7.
9. Forgive without punishing. Forgive as the Lord forgave you ~ Colossians 3:13.
10. Promise without forgetting. A longing fulfilled is a tree of life ~ Proverbs 13:12.