Reflect: Notice the stress on love and obedience in verses 15, 23 and 24. Jesus uses agape as the word for love here (day 8 of this devotional gives you the full definition). It is basically the most amazing, sacrificial, unconditional love one can have for another person. The word in Greek used for “obey” is “tērĕō” which means to guard, watch, keep your eye upon. Jesus is saying here to love Him with an unconditional love and keep guard over the actions in your life by obeying His word (this is a heart, head and hands connection). When Jesus spoke of the Father and the Son making their ‘home’ with the believer (verse 23), He used the same word (monē) as in 14:2, where He said that in His Father’s house there are many rooms (monai). This word means a close, intimate residing together. As the disciples looked forward to a place in these rooms, in God’s presence in Heaven, the Father and the Son would make their home (monē) with them in the here and now by the coming of the Holy Spirit dwelling in us after we begin a relationship with Jesus. This connection is designed to teach that Jesus desires His Spirit to live in us (make His home in us) with our hearts filled with that love toward Him which lives actively for Him in obedience. It’s a radical thought to think that as a Christ-follower, everywhere we go and everything we do, the Spirit of God goes too because He lives in us. With that in mind, when we are tempted to do things that might not be pleasing to God (which is common to all of us), we can ask the Spirit of God, that lives in us, to help us make good choices.