I have loved you even as the Father has loved me. – I have told you these things so that you will be filled with my joy. Yes, your joy will overflow!”
John 15:9-12 (NLT)
We were born for joy! So often we think joy is the result of our circumstances. If we behave, if we are lucky, if everything works out right, there will be joy. But joy goes much deeper than that. Events and circumstances can make us happy or sad, but can they give us true long-lasting joy? The kind of joy that isn’t dependent on what we do? No. But Jesus can. Listen to the words that He says to you, “I have loved you like my Father loves me.” And that love was from the time He chose to create you—unconditional, irrevocable, love from God Himself. Today, let the thought of God’s love poured out for you on the cross of Calvary bring wonder. Let the image of almighty God looking at you with pleasure, love, and acceptance warm your heart. Hear the words of Jesus, “I have told you these things so that you will be filled with my joy!” Today, let His joy overflow in your heart.
Father, overflow my heart with Your joy. The joy that comes from knowing that You love me. From believing that there is nothing, I could ever do to earn or lose your love. You love me because You choose to. It is finished, and I am left with deep, deep joy.