Where Does Your Joy Come from?
My Joy Comes from the Lord
by J.M. Troppello
Where does your joy come from? My joy comes from the Lord. A.B. Simpson wrote, “It is His joy that remains in us that makes our joy full.” Have you been seeking to find joy in things, relationships, and from the world – or from God?
“These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full. (John 15:11, NKJV)
Jesus was speaking to his disciples about many important things in John 14 and 15. He shared that he is the way, the truth, and the life. He spoke about God the Father being revealed through himself, Jesus the Son. He spoke about asking anything in His name and He would do it. He promised that another Helper would be coming – the Holy Spirit. Jesus talked about the gift of His peace, the True Vine, and how love and joy would be perfected in believers when they abide in Him.
John 15:11 discusses a vital truth about obtaining true joy. He said that He had spoken ‘these things’ (everything mentioned above) so that His joy would remain in them and that their joy would be full. According to the Thomas Nelson Study Bible (TNSB), “The words that your joy may be full is an expression peculiar to John. It describes a believer’s experience of Christ’s love: complete joy.”
Until now you have asked nothing in My name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full. (John 16:24, NKJV)
Jesus spoke this verse in John 16:24 when he discussed that their sorrow would be turned into joy. In a little while, they wouldn’t know where He had gone, but then they’d see Him again in post-resurrection appearances.
But now I come to You, and these things I speak in the world, that they may have My joy fulfilled in themselves. (John 17:13, NKJV)
Jesus had been praying in John chapter 17. He prayed out loud so that the words He spoke would comfort His disciples. Jesus was praying and offering the disciples into the Father’s keeping—into His capable hands. Just imagine if you were one of the disciples. You’d probably be confused at many of the things Jesus spoke about. Yet, Jesus knew that. He explained things to come to them. He prayed out loud just so that they could hear His comforting words spoken to the Father.
And these things we write to you that your joy may be full. (I John 1:4, NKJV)
John wrote at the beginning of I John about what was heard, seen, and touched as a witness to the church of the resurrected Lord. He wanted them to fully experience the joy of the Lord and have a deeper communion with Him in a personal relationship with Christ.
Having many things to write to you, I did not wish to do so with paper and ink; but I hope to come to you and speak face to face, that our joy may be full. (2 John 12, NKJV)
John ended his second letter with a farewell greeting to the church that he hoped to come to them in person so that their joy would be full. He wanted them to experience joy together in their fellowship as believers of the Lord.
My joy comes from the Lord. The joy of the Lord is my strength, and I don’t need to be sorrowful (see: Neh. 8:10). You can see from the verses shown in this article that you can find the joy of the Lord when you read His Word and seek a deeper communion with Him through prayer and praise and worship. Even when – and especially when – you are going through difficulties, your joy can be full—because it’s coming from the Lord and not your own strength.
Have you been experiencing the joy of the Lord?
Article syndicated by Mustard Seed Sentinel on Medium.com.
About the Author
J.M. Troppello is an author, writer, and poet. She is the publisher of the online Christian lifestyle magazine, Mustard Seed Sentinel.
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