Fullness of Joy

Fullness of JoyEveryone loves to live a life full of joy and pursue in different ways to find it. We are living in a culture of “do what makes you happy” and people try everything to get happiness. Many of those gives a feeling of temporary happiness but fades away with time. Where do you stand in your quest for happiness? Do you have complete joy in your life? In 1 John 1, John outlines where we can get the fullness of joy and what is preventing us.

1 That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, concerning the Word of life— 2 the life was manifested, and we have seen, and bear witness, and declare to you that eternal life which was with the Father and was manifested to us— 3 that which we have seen and heard we declare to you, that you also may have fellowship with us; and truly our fellowship is with the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ. 4 And these things we write to you that your joy may be full..-1 John 1:1-3

We are happier when we have a loving relationship with someone. John tells us that fullness joy comes from the real fellowship with God. As a creation, we have been wired to have a relationship with our creator. Until this happens in our life, there is always an emptiness even if we try to fill it with all possible ways of creating joy. When God created Adam and Eve, they had a close fellowship with him which was the source of their joy. This relationship was broken when sin came in to the picture. But there is good news with God’s plan for redemption!

5 This is the message which we have heard from Him and declare to you, that God is light and in Him is no darkness at all.- 1 John 1:5

John portrays God as a light. He is the source for truth, righteousness and all that is pure. There is no darkness in him. We have two choices, we can either walk in the light of God or in the darkness. By nature, we don’t have the will to walk in the ways of God. John tells us that we have this provision when we come to Jesus. God so loved us that he sent his son Jesus to redeem us from this broken relationship. He is the word which lightens our path. He gave his life to redeem us from our sinful state.

10 If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love. 11 I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. -John 15:10-11
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control.- Galatians 5:22

When we trust Jesus and remain in his love, we have the spirit of God living in us making our relationship with God stronger. Joy spring forth in our lives as a fruit of our fellowship with the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. When the true light is the influence, we can walk in the way of God and it will drive away the darkness. It can enlighten our path and show us the impurities in us and we have forgiveness of our sins through Jesus Christ. On the other side, there is no direction to God when walking in darkness. What is influencing our life?

This may sound familiar to many of us. But do we have a personal fellowship with God? Being religious not necessarily means that we have a personal relationship with Christ. Do we know the heart of God? Are we following his commands and remaining in his love? If our relationship with God is true, joy will fill our lives.

In next post, we will see what John tells us on few other reasons preventing us to have the fullness of joy.

Photo Credit: Neal Fowler

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