Fullness of Joy
Memorize: John 15:9
As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love.
Read: John 15: 6-11
Fullness of joy is embedded in the love of God for His children. God declared His love for His only begotten Son and was quick to add that He is well pleased in Him. It will appear therefore that a pleasing Son wins the continuous love of the father. No wonder Christ enjoins us to obey His commands as He did His Father’s. But how did He obey the Father’s commands? Christ did nothing on earth except those things He saw His Father do; He obeyed the direct orders and instructions of the Father; and He ensured it was the Will of the Father and not His own Will that should be brought to bear.
Christ has decided to transfer unto us the same love He got from the Father and by extension the responsibilities also. He has come to show us by His life an example of how to be pleasing to the Father. We are to do those things we observe that He did, obey His direct commands, condemn what He condemned and promote what He wants promoted. This is abiding in Him. When we so abide, we command His love and by extension that of the Father. Because of the love of the Father, He finished the course for which He came to the world. If we also will abide, He will see us through our respective courses. Not only that, we will spend our time here in joy and fullness of joy for that matter.
Abiding in His love is continuing in it without departing for any reason: not for tribulation, persecution, distress, famine, nakedness, peril or sword. We must be resolute about our love for Him by obeying Him no matter what. Then are we able to experience joy on earth and greater joy hereafter. Many saints before us could not be bothered with what the world threw their ways as they stood firmly in the love of Christ till the very end. Are you willing to pay the price?
Father, I thank you for loving me. Thank you also for creating for me an avenue to love you in return. Help me to abide in your love till I become fully fused with you that my joy may be full according to your promise in Jesus name.