How to Have Complete Joy

“I have spoken these things to you so that My joy may be in you and your joy may be complete. This is My command: Love one another as I have loved you.” John 15:11-12 HCSB

What brings you complete joy? For me, it is being with my family. There is nothing that I enjoy much more than being with all of my children and grandchildren. Being a part of seeing someone come to know Jesus as personal Savior also brings me great joy as does helping someone in need.

Jesus wants our joy to be complete. How can our joy be complete? By loving one another as He has loved us. Jesus loved us with “agape” love, a love that does not expect anything in return – a love that is willing to literally give one’s life for another. Jesus gave His life so we might be forgiven and have eternal life. As we truly love others as Jesus loves us, we will experience complete joy.

Challenge: Thank Jesus for His never ending love for you and for His willingness to die in your place and pay the penalty for your sins. How are you doing in following His command to love one another as He loves you? What can you do to love those you encounter today? Are you experiencing complete joy? If not, then try a little more love.

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