Reading: John 17
John 17:13 (NIV)
“I am coming to you now, but I say these things while I am still in the world, so that they may have the full measure of my joy within them.”
Joy is a common theme in Jesus’ teachings. (See John 15:11, 16:24, 33)
The key to a life of joy is living in an intimate relationship with Jesus, the source of all joy. Whilst He was praying for His disciples He uses the words “the full measure of my joy.” Jesus knew joy, lived joy and showed joy in all areas of His life. Even at times of despair, hurt and sorrow He still had joy.
Happiness and joy are two very different emotions. A dictionary definition of happiness is “a state of well-being, a pleasurable or satisfying experience.” The definition of rejoice, from which our word joy comes, is “to feel great delight, to welcome or to be glad.” Depending on the translation, the Bible uses the words “happy” and “happiness” about 30 times, while “joy” and “rejoice” appear over 300 times.
Imagine the two this way
- Happiness is like rising bubbles, delightful and inevitably fleeting.
- Joy is the oxygen, ever present.
To know the joy that Jesus had, is to know that life isn’t always going to be happy fun times, but it’s knowing that even in the sad, bad and tough times, joy is still an ever present emotion.
Live in joy.
Contributed by Ps Richard