John 15:1-16

“I am the true vine
and my Father is the gardener.
He cuts off every branch in me
that bears no fruit, while
every branch that does bear fruit
he trims clean so that it
will be even more fruitful.
You are already clean because
of the word I have spoken to you.
Remain in me, and I will remain in you.
No branch can bear fruit by itself;
it must remain in the vine.
Neither can you bear fruit
unless you remain in me.
I am the vine;
you are the branches.
If a man remains in me and I in him,
he will bear much fruit;
apart from me you can do nothing.
If anyone does not remain in me,
he is like a branch
that is thrown away and withers;
such branches are picked up,
thrown into the fire and burned.
If you remain in me
and my words remain in you,
ask whatever you wish,
and it will be given you.
This is to my Father's glory,
that you bear much fruit,
showing yourselves to be my disciples.
As the Father has loved me,
so have I loved you.
Now remain in my love.
If you obey my commands,
you will remain in my love,
just as I have obeyed my Father's
commands and remain in his love.
I have told you this
so that my joy may be in you
and that your joy may be complete.
My command is this:
Love each other
as I have loved you.
Greater love has no one than this,
that one lay down his life for his friends.
You are my friends if
you do what I command.
I no longer call you servants, because
a servant does not know his master's business.
Instead, I have called you friends,
for everything that I learned from my Father
I have made known to you.
You did not choose me,
but I chose you to go and
bear fruit — fruit that will last.
Then the Father will give you
whatever you ask in my name.”
~ New International Version ~

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