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"You are my friends if you do what I command" What a great concept that I can be a friend of Christ! However, from the previous verses we see a heavy emphasis on "abiding" with Him. Of course, the reality is to really know a friend we have to spend time with him/her. It's no different with Jesus, except the promises are so much more.
When you read about how those branches that do not produce fruit will be cut off and burned it's a wake up call. Jesus doesn't expect us to say "the prayer" of salvation and then sit back and do nothing. He expects us to produce fruit. But He makes it so simple for us, Abide in Him!
This passage really hit me hard, in regards to what kind of fruit am I producing? What about you? What is the Holy Spirit prodding you with?