Overflow With Joy

“I have told you these things so that you will be filled with my joy. Yes, your joy will overflow! This is my commandment: Love each other in the same way I have loved you.”
John 15:11-12 (NLT)

We were meant for joy. Instead we settle for comfort. We look everywhere for it. It is at the root of addictions, greed and many of our emotional issues. We look for comfort because we do not have joy. There’s a difference. God wants us to have more than comfort, He wants us to return to joy from our negative emotions. Jesus said, “I have told you these things so that you will be filled with my joy. Yes, your joy will overflow!” This begs the question, what was it that Jesus said that would result in such joy? When we look, we see that Jesus told those listening, “I have loved you even as the Father has loved me. Remain in my love.” It is His love that gives us joy and remaining in His love, even after negative emotions, that returns us to joy. So how do we do this? How do we remain in His love? By following His commandment that He gave us in today’s passage. “Love each other in the same way I have loved you.” It is this simple: our joy will come through loving relationships, both with God and those He brings into our life.

Father, fill me with Your joy. The joy that comes through the deep and loving relationships I can have with You and those that You bring into my life. Help my joy overflow. In Jesus’ name.


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3 thoughts on “Overflow With Joy”

  1. Psalms 23 is all about comfort. “He makes me lay down in green pastures, he leads me beside still waters. Yea , though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil for Thou art with me. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of my enemies. He certainly wants to comfort us and provides it for us. “Thy rod and thy staff comfort me.” He gives us comfort and and joy.

    1. Thank you for your comment. God surely gives comfort. The point of the devotional is that we often seek comfort, that is the release from emotional pain, when returning to joy would be better. When we seek release from emotional pain, we can often short circuit the process through our own ways of comforting our self as in the case of addictions. God can give us so much more than our counterfiets. Even the phrase “thy rod and staff comfort me” implies more than what we would think of when we say comfort. A rod does not comfort more than the fact that loving correction can bring us to a better place and ultimately return us to joy.

  2. Ron, I sure agree with that. Interesting topic. The counterfeit comforts don’t work. I have found also that when I have been comforted by others here on earth, it leads me to joy in the Lord, which I also take as God’s comfort. Also healing sometimes takes time before joy returns. I have wondered why Psalm 23 says “thy rod and thy staff comfort me, instead of “they guide me”, because sheep really do need guidance and correction, but it is a comfort and joy to know He is always guiding.


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