Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed.” (John 8:31 NKJV)
If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you. (John 15:7 NKJV)
According to Jesus, if we abide in His word, then we are His disciples. What does “abiding in the Word” mean?
ABIDE means: accept or act in accordance with; to conform to; bear, take.
My understanding of this is that Jesus wants us to live our lives conformed to His Word, and to base our opinions and actions upon His Word. He would like us to share His Word with those whom we meet, and those with whom we have influence.
As we carry (bear, take) the Good News of Jesus Christ everywhere with us, and share it generously with all, we will be fulfilling the commission that He has given to every believer. And according to John 15:7, as we live in this fashion, the Lord will give us the desires of our hearts. Praise God!
Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” (John 8:31-32)
The word KNOW in verse 32, above, means to perceive; understand; recognize; or realize. This is a knowledge that has inception, a progress and an attainment, according to Strong’s concordance (#1097). It is the recognition of truth by personal experience.
This personal experience suggests a close, personal relationship. And verse 32 states that we need to abide in [accept, stand in, obey] God’s Word and thereby confirm ourselves to be Christ’s disciples.
In that context, as we personally come to experience the truth of and dependability of God’s Word, it is that same truth that shall set us free from various challenging and destructive experiences in our lives. It also sets us free from the hurts that other people have inflicted upon us.
God’s steadfast and unfailing love for you can give you such strength and stability in your emotions that you can be made emotionally whole and healthy.
The best kindness that you can do for yourself is to abide in the Scriptures, and become more and more stable and secure in their truth—because you know that God does not lie. (Num 23:19)
Rest in Jesus, who has given you the grace, freedom, and strength to live your life to His glory daily!