That Your Joy May Be Full

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.

John 15:9-11 ESV

It was a pleasant moment. The fresh, misty breeze nudged the bushes gently beside the rough concrete steps. Below us the gushing sound of a river rushing over beds of rock numbed the monotonous work day into a satisfying evening. Beside me sat a dear fellow believer. We sipped hot chocolate as we talked our hearts out. I absorbed the moment with my whole being. This was pleasant. This was refreshing to the soul. Why didn’t we do this more frequently? Everyone should experience this.

Turning the scene to the scripture passage, Jesus basked in pleasantness—His Father’s love. He had received love from the Father, and He had practiced love. His joy was full. This begged for others to experience the same pleasantness, so he left us the recipe:
If you keep my commandments,
you will abide in my love.
Then, with an inspiring gesture, He adds: just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love. In other words, “It is achievable. It is worth the cost. I did. Do as I did. Love and be loved, that your joy may be full, just like mine.”

What an inspiring example!

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