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. True, we need to be comforted, but comfort is just the beginning. After comfort, God 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!” Then Jesus says, “Love each other.” Why? Because love gives us joy, and remaining in this love returns us to joy even after negative emotions. Today, remember, our joy comes 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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