John 15:12-27 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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          23 He who hates me hates my Father as well.
          24 If I had not done among them what no one else did,19 they would not be guilty of sin.20 But now they have seen these miracles, and yet they have hated both me and my Father.

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          25 But this is to fulfill what is written in their Law:21 'They hated me without reason.'b22

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            • c 15:25 - Psalms 35:19; 69:4
              26 "When the Counselor23 comes, whom I will send to you from the Father,24 the Spirit of truth25 who goes out from the Father, he will testify about me.26

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              27 And you also must testify,27 for you have been with me from the beginning.28

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