Full Joy

Baby Smile“These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full. (John 15:11)

Life can certainly get overwhelming. Jesus certainly understands all of that. He was in fact the “man of sorrows and acquainted with grief” (Is. 53:3).

However, I’d like to gently remind some of you not to get stuck in your sadness.  Jesus wasn’t just a “man of sorrows”, He was also a man of joy.  He was the one anointed with the “oil of gladness” more than any other person (Ps. 45:7; He. 1:9).

God wants us to have joy in our lives. It’s a joy that doesn’t come from “things”, experiences, medication, or relationships.  It’s a joy that comes from God because it’s Jesus’ own joy.  Jesus doesn’t want us to just settle for a “taste” of joy either.  He wants our joy to be full.

How do we find this fullness of joy?  We experience joy through the things that Jesus has spoken to us. In the context of John 15, those things involve knowing God’s love for us.  Jesus also said that God’s love becomes more real in our lives when we learn to obey God by loving others like He loves us.  How does He love us? He loves and does good toward us without expecting anything in return.

When you take your eyes off yourself and love others, you might just be surprised by joy.  May your joy be full.