Joy

And we are writing these things so that our joy may be complete. 1 John 1:4

Please read John 15:1-11, noticing verses 10-11. Another reason John is writing is so that joy may be complete. Pause there for a moment. What comes to your mind when you think about joy? Jesus came to bring an abundance of life. That abundant life is what brings joy. There is an “already” and a “not yet” aspect to this abundance of life, but living in the fellowship that God has brought in Jesus will bring great joy. It brings joy for John to see others take hold of the fellowship and find the joy. He will later say that he has no greater joy than to know that his children are walking in the truth (1 John 4). This brings him great joy! Living in truth brings joy. Living in deceit brings darkness and pain. There is truth. Everything else is false—even things that are almost true. If you choose to live under the influence of a false narrative, you will not experience the joy that comes from fellowship with God to the fullness that he longs for you to experience. The church he was writing to was being influenced by false teachers and false narratives that impacted the fellowship and joy that could be theirs. Obedience to the truth will keep you in the love of God and your joy will be complete. So, how is your joy? Are there any ways you are seeking the joy in places that are actually removing you from the fellowship? Do you see that those pursuits will not allow for complete joy? They may feel good for a moment, but they will never bring the joy of the Lord. Where does your joy come from?