Convinced of this, I know that I will remain, and I will continue with all of you for your progress and joy in the faith, so that through my being with you again your joy in Christ Jesus will overflow on account of me.
Rejoice! That’s the word I left you with yesterday. True joy or complete joy transcends the rolling waves of circumstances. People sometimes allow themselves to experience being up or down based on feelings of happy or sad. Remember that joy is a spiritual force…the joy that comes from the Lord is your strength.
Jesus says, “I told you this so that your joy may be complete.” So what is the ‘this’ that Jesus told His disciples? What is He telling us today? Jesus says remain in my love as I have remained in my Father’s love. And how do we remain in His love? Simple…obey His commands…obey His word…obey His instructions.
Joy is a spiritual force that provides us strength no matter our circumstances. Yet to have that force in operation in our lives we must remain in love (AGAPE). So what does that mean for you today? Are you obeying His instructions? Do you think the best of others? Are you holding on to unforgiveness?
Have you ever experienced feeling agitated and disquieted? I have. During that time, I could tell that my joy was not intact. At first, I could not put my finger on it and then I was reminded of this scripture in John 15:11 – I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. I thought, “Yes, I need my joy to be complete!” The Lord promised that if I remained in His love that my joy would be complete. And to remain in His love, I had to obey His instructions. So I had to check my obedience to His Word – my love walk.
It is interesting that even though the instructions are simple, we still at times do not follow them. Is your joy intact today?