Thursday: 23rd May, 2019

Reference text: John 15:9-11

John 15:11 I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete.

Joy is often defined as a feeling of delight or happiness, caused by something good’. Thus, joy is given a reason for its presence. This also suggests that there are reasons and moments when it could be absent; because when the reason to exist disappears, so does the emotion. This is where Jesus comes on scene to bridge the gap so that our joy might be perfected and made complete, always present.

In his discussion with the disciples,
Jesus seems to present two kinds of joy, one that is His and another that is ours. However, He does not set these two on a collision course, but presents them in a relationship. What He sought for his disciples to achieve was therefore was not just that they would ‘receive and have His joy’, but that ultimately, their own joy might be made full.

His intent was for them to develop an understanding of how indispensable the Joy of the Lord is in the pursuit of their own joy. Like other emotions, joy cannot just be evoked at the snap of a finger, it is beyond such controls. Instead, true Christian joy hints at truly seeing the beauty of God in His word and in creation. With this image constantly beheld in our eyes, we will always live in JOY.

Beloved, we can easily forget to rejoice and be joyful when we only look at the bad things around us for inspiration. It is at God that we ought to look for our Joy to be complete.


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