Sunday, September 18, 2011

Complete Joy

"I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete.  My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you."  John 15:11 & 12

(This is the sixth of an eight part series on John 15)

The meaning of "JOY" - "Intense and/or exultant happiness.  The expression or manifestation of such feeling."
Our joy is dependant on the Master's joy - remember Jesus is the vine, we are the branches and our heavenly Father is the Master of the vine.  The "sap" that runs through the vine is the joy that makes us fruitful.  It's an expression or manifestation - this "complete joy" is not something that we keep inside - we can't keep it bottled up.  We must let this joy overflow and be shared with others.

Jesus is the example of love - Jesus is love.  Jesus who died on the cross that we might have forgiveness is our motive.  It's our motive to follow God's commands and to live for His glory - the power of love.  Specifically - we are to "love each other as Jesus has loved us" - the ultimate command - it covers everything.

Lord help us as we share this Joy that is from you.

Part 1:  The True Vine

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