11 I have spoken these things to you so that My joy might be in you, and that you might be full of joy.
The life of every believer should be filled with joy.
There are many things that bring us joy, happiness, and gladness.
When we are babies there is joy in being fed, as we grow up our joy comes to us in various ways, such as the pleasure of eating certain meals, toys, gadgets, pleasure, sport, falling in love, getting married, passing exams.
Joy is an essential part of our humanity.
The New Testament word for joy has the deep meaning of being aware of God’s grace, and recognizing His grace in our life.
Many of the Psalms express the joy of the Psalmist knowing how graciously God has dealt with them.
You will show me the way of life, granting me the joy of your presence and the pleasures of living with You forever – Psalm 16.11 (NLT).
Nehemiah the prophet encouraged the people with these words:
“Go and celebrate with a feast of choice foods and sweet drinks, and share gifts of food with people who have nothing prepared. This is a sacred day before our Lord. Don’t be dejected and sad, for the joy of the LORD is your strength!” – Nehemiah 8.10 (NLT).
The grace of God displayed in the salvation of us sinners is a source of great joy in Heaven. Jesus said:
7 “Similarly, I tell you, that there will be joy in heaven over one sinner repenting, rather than over ninety nine righteous men who have no need to repent” – Luke 15.7
The Christian life is a life that is filled with joy. This is the assurance of Jesus.
He knew the trials and testing that His disciples were going to have to go through, but they would still know the deep rooted joy of the grace of God working in their lives.
The same is true today. The followers of Jesus should be a joy filled people. One of the fruits of the Holy Spirit is joy. It is the joy of knowing that Jesus has rescued us from our life of sin. It is the joy of knowing that He has paid the price of our sin. It is the joy of knowing that Jesus has opened up for us the way to the Father. It is the joy of knowing that we are going to spend eternity with Him.
A miserable Christian is a contradiction and denial of the life of Jesus.
Paul tells us: Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice – Philippians 4.4 (NLT).