Missing Joy?

missingjoyMany of us do realize and accept that God gives the fullness of joy when we have real fellowship with him.  In previous post (Fullness of joy), we read what John told about how to get this complete joy. After reading this text, we may wonder why then many do not have this joy? How many people we know are living in this fullness? If you answer  honestly, it will be few. John has stated few of the reasons which will help us to know on why don’t we have this complete joy.

6 If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. 7 But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin. -1 John 1:6-7

We may claim that we walk in the ways of God but what is the reality? Do we have the fruits in life to support the claim? We can be deceived of this if we are not a doer of the word of God. As Psalmist said the word of God is a lamp to our feet and light to our path and if we don’t follow, we will be walking in darkness just as walking in to a dark room without a light, stumbling every step and falling without any sense of direction. We fall in to all kinds of temptations coming our way without finding a way out of it and still thinking we are walking in the way of God. Walking in darkness is walking away from the relationship with God. But if we come to Jesus and walk in light,  He will cleanse our life, gives forgiveness and restore our fellowship. His word will guide our path to follow him. Are you sure you are walking in the light?

8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us.2 My little children, these things I write to you, so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. 2 And He Himself is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the whole world. – 1 John 1:8-2:1

Here is another claim that we have no sin in our life and perfect. We are walking in the light but need to realize we are not the light and perfect. In our walk  we may stumble at times which will hinder our relationship with God. There is a difference in stumbling at times and living a life in sin and darkness as mentioned earlier. Our goal is towards perfection but we when we fall, we can confess and get back in path with the forgiveness and purification through Jesus. Are we recognizing that we need his help to walk in the ways of God. Are you seeing a decreasing pattern of sin?

If we deny that we ever sinned , it is like we are denying the work of Christ. When we depend on our own good actions to save us, we can be deceived not to accept the fact that we do have sin in our life which needs to be repented. John has given the loving side of God in each of these situations. When we become a follower of Christ, we are accepting that we cannot walk in the light on our own with our sin and we are submitting to Christ in humbleness and asking to forgive.  When we have this faith and assurance, we can have a real fellowship with God and joy will fill our life.

Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds  in Christ Jesus” – Philippians 4:4-7
This is easier said than done when in times of trouble. How can we be filled with the fullness of joy when all that is happening in our life appears to be crushing the joy? Trusting God at all times and exercising faith will produce this fruit of endurance and patience in us. Paul asked us to rejoice in the Lord always. It doesn’t mean to be disconnected from the reality of the situation and act to be happy. It is with the trust that God is in control even when the situation looks different.  When we depend on God and submit our prayer, he fills us with peace and wisdom that our human mind cannot understand.

These reasons can prevent us from having the joy God has promised us but he is providing us a way to overcome these. He shows us his light through his word and he is being faithful to forgive our sins when we repent and give us peace and joy. Where do you stand? Are we walking in the true light of God with the realization of our weaknesses to seek help and with an assurance that he is in control at all times?

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