THE SOURCE OF TRUE JOY

“We write this to make our joy complete.”              1 John 1:4 NIV

 

The original text of the above verse probably read “our joy” not “your joy”. But both are true. When a sinner comes to Christ, it brings great joy to those who already know Christ, but it also brings great joy to the sinner who is saved. As our fellowship with our Lord and with one another deepens, the joy deepens. In commenting on the fact that God has given us eternal life, Calvin exclaims (Calvin’s Commentaries [Baker], on 1 John 1:4, p. 157), “But if we consider how miserable and horrible a condition death is, and also what is the kingdom and the glory of immortality, we shall perceive that there is something here more magnificent than what can be expressed in any words.” As God’s children we are obligated to seek our greatest joy in Him. If we seek joy in lesser things, we miss the greatest joy of all and we do not glorify the God who rescued us from the ravages of sin and death. Fellowship with God and with one another are really about the two Great Commandments – to love God with all your being, and to love your neighbour as yourself. The aim of the entire Bible is to help us glorify God as we experience the deep joy of a close relationship with Him and with one another. As we grow in obedience to these two Great Commandments, we will grow in great joy, not only in this life, but also for all eternity! In this sinful world, relationships will never be perfect, but they can be good. But they won’t be good without putting in the effort! The payoff is that true fellowship with one another and true fellowship with God will bring you true joy.

 

PRAYER THOUGHT

Lord, thank You for the joy that comes from fellowship with You and others.

 

PRAYER FOR TODAY

Lord, as we grow in obedience to the two Great Commandments, thank You that we will grow in great joy, not only in this life, but also for all eternity! Thank You for true fellowship with one another and with You which brings true joy to our lives. AMEN

 

I.B.R.A. Readings

Deuteronomy 19:7-14

 

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