THE JOY OF CHRIST

Scripture Reading: John 15:9-11

“These things I have spoken to you that My joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full.” (John 15:11)

Like the peace of Christ, the joy of Christ is not something we can create within ourselves. It is a gift from Christ and is a fruit of God’s Spirit (Galatians 5:22,23). Christ makes His joy available to us when we find our rest in Him.

Joy is the deep contentment that is found in the Lord, based on trust in our loving and sovereign Lord. It comes when we delight in God and find our contentment in Him alone and trust in His sovereign plan and sacrificial love for us.

We experience joy when we come into the presence of the Lord and rest in Him — “You have made known to me the path of life; You will fill me with joy in Your presence, with eternal pleasures at Your right hand” (Psalm 16:11). Joy comes when we spend time with Christ in meditation and prayer, when we read His Word and believe His promises. Joy comes when we reflect upon the many blessings the Lord has given us — “Surely You have granted him eternal blessings and made him glad with the joy of Your presence” (Psalm 21:6).

We must take time to enter into the presence of the Lord and to reflect upon His character and being. We must learn how to rejoice in the Lord because He alone is our joy. When we rest upon the words of our Savior — “those things I have spoken to you,” we will be joyful because we will be filled with the joy of Christ Himself. His desire is for our joy to be made full, which is only possible when we practice His presence and rest in His promises.

Lord Jesus, You are my joy. Apart from You I cannot have joy in its fullness. I believe Your Word and rest in Your promises. Fill me with Your joy so that my joy will be full.

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