John 15:11 These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.
Wouldn’t it be grand to live our entire life with happiness and no sorrow? Don’t we just want every day to be a day at the zoo, a vacation to an amusement park, or time on the beach? Life would seem so wonderful if we had no unhappy days. However, if we never had an unhappy day, then how would we know when we were having so much fun?
In our verse today Jesus told his disciples, I shared my heart with you because I want you to know, you bring me joy. Jesus also wanted this day to bring them joy when they would think of Him. He was telling them that in the future, if you have a rough day and things are not going right, maybe you will remember me, and I can bring you joy.
The type of joy Jesus spoke of here is a joy we find in one another. It is about relationships. Even in the midst of a terrible day when everything seems to go wrong, I so much look forward to being with my wife. Just to talk with her and enjoy each other’s company. It truly brings joy to my heart just being around her.
Jesus found great joy in being with His disciples and doing His Fathers will. The reason the Bible teaches about this way of life is that God knew it would bring lasting joy too those who would just follow His leading. Jesus commands the disciples to be obedient to the words He had spoken to them. Why, because He knew it would bring them joy. Real joy. Everlasting joy.
Would you like your day to go a little better? Then think on this, Jesus came and died for your sin so you could have eternal life and joy. No matter how hard today may seem, it is just a speck in time compared to eternity with Him. Think on Jesus, He can bring you joy.
THROUGH THE BIBLE ACCELERATED READING (O.T.-1/N.T. & PS.-2/Prov.-Monthly)
Zephaniah / Psalm 69:16-36 / Proverbs 15 / John 14-15
THROUGH THE BIBLE OLD & NEW TESTAMENT DAILY
Pro. 12-13 / 1 Co. 16
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