John 15:9-11 – The Joy of Jesus, “As the Father loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love. If ye keep my Commandments, ye shall abide in my love, even as I have kept my Fathers Commandments, and abide in his love. These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.”
So many things in this world we live in today rob us of our joy. Just the act of our daily routines can wear away at us unto the point that we cannot see through the dark clouds that can sometimes surround us. Work, neighbors, children, spouses, church, organizations, the news of our world we hear every day and all the stuff of our lives erodes away our soul and before we know it life can feel like it is closing in on us to a point we think we can’t even breathe. Have you ever felt this way?
Where do we go to gain our joy and experience a renewal of our spirit? Our answer is Jesus, he says the Father has loved him, so he (Jesus) has loved us and he implores us to continue in that love. How do we do that? Jesus points us to God’s word and encourages to do what he has done and that is to keep his (Jesus) commandments as he himself has kept his Fathers Commandments. This means Jesus has kept the physical commandments in Exodus 20 which mankind has not been able to keep and calls us to keep the spiritual commandments Jesus declared in Matthew 22:37-40.
When we love the Lord our God with all our heart, with all our mind, and with all our soul, to love our neighbors as ourselves then we are keeping the commandments of Jesus and his joy will remain in us and our Joy will be full. PRAYER – FASTING – READING GOD’S WORD is the formula, believing this to be true is the remedy, our acting on that belief is our healing and our opportunity to be filled with the joy of Jesus.