That Our Joy May Be Full - Your Daily Forward Devotional

That Our Joy May Be Full

 

April 21

 

Read John 15:9-11 (ESV)

As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Abide in my love. If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love. These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full.

 

Reflect

According to this verse, how can we experience God’s joy?

 

The world says that we will be happiest if we just do whatever we want. “Do what makes you happy” is the world’s philosophy. We are sold the idea to only keep things in our lives that “spark joy” and get rid of everything else. But that is not what Jesus suggested. In today’s passage, Jesus said that if we want our joy to be full, we need to abide in His love.

 

But what does that mean? In John 15:4-5 Jesus said: “’Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from you me you can do nothing.’” The idea is that we are to live connected to Christ. He is the vine. As branches, if we are not connected to the vine, we will shrivel up and die. But when we live in a close relationship with Him, connected to His strength, power, and love, we can produce much fruit.

 

But we can’t live closely in a relationship with Jesus without also keeping His commandments. So, how does obedience lead to joy? And what does obedience have to do with abiding in His love? Well, I ask my children to obey my rules. Why do I have rules for my children? Because I love them. If they follow my rules and do as I say, their lives should be more joyful because my rules are for their good. For example, we don’t let our kids leave the house without asking for permission and telling us where they will be going. We want them to be safe. We ask them to share, take turns, and play fair because we know they’ll enjoy each other more if they get along. Our rules might seem like a drag at first. But I am confident that my kids will look back someday and see just how much our loving boundaries did for them.

 

Likewise, we have to obey Christ in order to abide with Him. That obedience leads to joy. He has our best interests in mind. His commandments keep us from unnecessary pain, heartache, and trouble. His commandments are a blessing.

 

Friends, what could possibly bring us more joy than abiding in Christ’s love? Nothing. When we have a relationship with Jesus Christ, we get to fellowship and do life with our Savior! We learn from His ways and His wisdom. We experience His peace and yes, even His joy. Not just a little joy. Jesus promises that our joy can be full.

 

Pray

Jesus, abiding and remaining close to You is such a blessing. Keep drawing me closer to Yourself and help me to live in obedience to Your commandments. I know Your rules are for my good. Amen.


 

~ Pastor Nat Crawford

 

 

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Lord Jesus, I love Your commandment which asks me to love You and love my neighbour. You created laws just for my good so help me to follow You by obeying Your Word.
*DEAR HEAVENLY FATHER; JESUS + HOLY GHOST I SEND A SPARK FOR YOUR JOY INTO MY LIFE + MY WHOLE FAMILIES LIFE; THANKYOUJESUS; AMEN; okay*
Thank you, Jesus!
John 14:18 “I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.” “No injustice, no persecution, no trial, no sadness, no heartache, no suffering, no wound—however deep, however wide, however painful—will be excluded from the comfort, peace, and lasting hope of Him whose open arms and whose wounded hands will welcome us back into His presence.”
John 14:18 “I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.” “No injustice, no persecution, no trial, no sadness, no heartache, no suffering, no wound—however deep, however wide, however painful—will be excluded from the comfort, peace, and lasting hope of Him whose open arms and whose wounded hands will welcome us back into His presence.”
Amen! Abiding in Him leads to fruit bearing.
In surrendering the free will Jesus has given us means, we accept, Trust, have Hope Faith and Believe in His Word. Jesus tells we must surrender why do you think He gave us free will? To turn that free will over to Him and Trust that His will be done in all things. Everyone struggles the difference is who you turn to in that struggling. For only "one" can deliver you from that struggle Jesus Christ. Remember He knew you before He gave you life back through Him alone. If you ask from your Heart as we are told that struggle will go away because Jesus has overcome the world. When struggling happens you/we are living of he in the world not Jesus Christ who is not of this world. I pray the Lord Blesses you will clarity to remember to "lean" into Him for everything. In Jesus name Amen.
God likes us to have joy and have full of joy.
We are always God's Children just as our children his Blessings we call our children will always be. Only difference their not our children but their God's Children.
Oh Lord please show me the right track and help abide in your always. Thank you for blessing me with your love and giving me the faith in u....
Dear Lord, help me to abide in your love, I know that you love me. Draw me closer to Yourself and help me live in obedience to Your commandments. I know Your rules are for my good. Amen.
Lord give me the strength to be the way you want me to me Amen 🙏
Amen
" Jesus said that if we want our joy to be full, we need to abide in His love." Not quite. What He really said was that "IF we keep His commands, we will abide in His love." (real Jn. 15:9) I.e. for us to abide in Jesus love we must keep His commands. That is the (conditional) message of the Gospels (e.g. the Rich young ruler) except for St. John who wrote later and was able to present the new "birth from above" opportunity that is conditioned upon mere belief in Jesus' name. (Jn. 1:12) which was then temporarily superseded by Paul's "gospel of grace" most succinctly presented in I Cor. 15 vv. 1-4. (Jesus' death burial and resurrection) With those changes, the assurance of permanent salvation becomes available to "all who believe" In what? I Cor. 15:1-4. With what result? That the presence of God within one's soul commences and this Holy Spirit, now enlightens each individual believer: to truths of Scripture, helps with the matters of prayer, temptation, and previously unexperienced capabilities called "gifts of the Spirit". That is the CURRENT plan that God has for salvation to ALL who are willing to submit to God's verdict concerning his/her self -unreversible sin guiltiness and God's solution through Christ Jesus. On the other hand, unbelief (for whatever reason) in God's promise of sins forgiveness and transformation based on the sacrifice of the Lord Jesus Christ makes God a liar and seals the fate of one already judged by God for consignment to the Lake of Fire. (I Jn. chap. 1 & Jn. 3:18)
Amen father help me to be obedient to you always
Father, I want and strive to live in Your love. I strive to be obedient to Your commandments. I want Your full joy. I know I can't live or do anything without You. I want to and strive to follow Your Son's ways. Father I want to obey and please You. I love You, Father. In Jesus name I pray and thank You, Amen.
Amen. I love Jesus and want to obey His commandments. Heavenly Father, Holy Spirit remind me every day of our Lord's commandments and help me live them out in my life not by my might but by the power of Your Holy Spirit. In Jesus' Name I pray in faith. Amen.
Words to live by, thank you! In a parable, Jesus taught and offers this insight, “His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You were faithful with a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter the joy of your master. (Mat 25:21) While the death and resurrection of Christ offers us a path to abide in the Father’s Joy, our present state doesn’t allow us to enter “fully” into the Joy of Father. As believers, this is part of the Gospel Promise - the good news - that the fullness of the Father’s Joy is promised to those who submit their Will to the Father. That is, follow Christ and His commandments. Praise to You, Lord Jesus Christ!!! Amen
Amen.
Amen, i know i am not perfect but as i strived to abide by you rules and commandents please help me to be stronger at getting fill with thy words.
Amen Although I am no longer a child, I strive to obey my Father in Heaven because this is life! Joy! Peace! Thank you Jesus
The joy of not sinning is so sweet. Loving Jesus is my heart’s desire but my sinful flesh still lives with me. Your word I hide in my heart that I would not sin against you, yet I still do. Thank you Jesus for the joy of your salvation that forgives me when I don’t love you enough. Jesus I pray that today your love will fill me so your commandments are more desirable than sin. All for your glory Jesus. Amen
Thank you Lord God for the grace, compassion and love you bestowed upon me... Amen 🙏
Jesus I place all my trust in you ❣️❣️❣️
we 💕💕💕 you Jesus !!!!
Jesus please help us 🙏🙏🙏
AMEN
Glory be to God. Truth...Yes and Amen, by the grace and help of God through Christ.
If we love Him we obey Him.
Perfect for today! I'm joyfilled But I also struggle surrendering my will to Jesus Christ.