John 15:13-23 NIV

13 Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.

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14 You are my friends if you do what I command.

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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.

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16 You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you.

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      17 This is my command: Love each other.

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          The World Hates the Disciples

          18 “If the world hates you, 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 you out of the world. That is why the world hates you.

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          20 Remember what I told you: ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’aIf they persecuted me, they will persecute you also. 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, for they do not know the one who sent me.

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          22 If I had not come and spoken to them, they would not be guilty of sin; but now they have no excuse for their sin.

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          23 Whoever hates me hates my Father as well.