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Complete Joy

John15.11

What does it mean to have joy?  From where/who does joy come?  If you were to ask ten people these questions, you would probably get many different responses to each question.  For many people, to have joy simply means to be happy, to be at peace, to be content, or to be glad.  For many people, a spouse gives them joy, a job gives them joy, a hobby gives them joy, or their friends give them joy.  What does the Bible say about joy?  The definition of joy in the Bible is "a state of delight and well being that results from knowing and serving God" (Holman Bible Dictionary).  Joy is a word that is seen time and time again in the Bible, over 150 times, as a matter of fact.  Joy comes from God.  Joy is a gift from God through a right relationship with Him.  In John 15, Jesus spoke to His disciples about joy.  He spoke to them about joy being the fruit of love and obedience.  In John 15:9-11, Jesus said, "As the Father has love me, so have I loved you.  Now remain in my love.  If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father's commands and remain in his love.  I have told you this so that my joy may be in your and that your joy may be complete."  It is very clear from the Scriptures that complete joy can only come from a loving relationship with God through Jesus.  Complete joy cannot be found in a spouse, in job, in a hobby, or in a friendship.  Complete joy comes in loving the Lord and obeying His commands.  In doing so, His joy comes alive in us, and it completes our own joy.  Without Jesus, we will not have complete joy.  We will keep on chasing relationships, jobs, and hobbies.  We will confuse pleasure for joy.  We will keep on coming up short when it comes to joy.  Today, let's focus on Jesus.  Let's pour out our love for Him by keeping His commands and serving Him by serving others.  Let's embrace the complete joy He has for us, and let's be vessels of that complete joy so that others may see Him!

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