John 15:12-22 NIV

12 My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.1

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13 Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.2

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14 You are my friends3 if you do what I command.4

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15 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.5

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16 You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you6 to go and bear fruit7--fruit that will last. Then the Father will give you whatever you ask in my name.8

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      17 This is my command: Love each other.9

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          The World Hates the Disciples

          18 "If the world hates you,10 keep in mind that it hated me first.

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          19 If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you11 out of the world. That is why the world hates you.12

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          20 Remember the words I spoke to you: 'No servant is greater than his master.'a13 If they persecuted me, they will persecute you also.14 If they obeyed my teaching, they will obey yours also.

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          21 They will treat you this way because of my name,15 for they do not know the One who sent me.16

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          22 If I had not come and spoken to them,17 they would not be guilty of sin. Now, however, they have no excuse for their sin.18

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