Full of Joy

As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love.  If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love.  These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.

John 15:9-11

Jesus was speaking here to the disciples about loving Him, loving each other, and bearing fruit in their Christian lives.  He then tells them in verse 11 that “These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.”  He was (as always) our perfect example of joy.  And He wanted the disciples to continue to have and enjoy His joy.  He wanted their joy to be “full.”

All of us want to have joy in our lives.  We all want our joy to be full.  That is what Jesus wants for us too.  But how do we assure ourselves that His joy will remain in us and that our joy will be full?  Very easy – we simply need to do what He told us to do.

We need to, in the words of verse 9, “continue ye in my love.”  We need to continue in His love.  What did/does He love?  He loves the Father and He loves people.  Do we love the Lord God like we ought?  Do we love other people like we ought?  Doing those things will help our joy to be full.

We also need to, according to verse 10, “keep my commandments.”  Simply being obedient will help our joy to be full.  God does not want us living miserable lives.  He wants our lives full of joy.  That is the reason He told us to do certain things.  We might not understand all of them, but if we will obey, we will experience His joy in our lives.

How full is our joy today?  If it is not full, do we need to have more love in our hearts or do we need to be more obedient?

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