Every day, life events can beat you up and beat you down. Your enemy, the devil, seeks to steal, kill and destroy, but Jesus came to earth to give you life, eternal life and abundant life, a life full of joy.
You can experience joy in daily life, no matter what life throws your way.
The Holy Spirit inspired the apostle John to write the letter of 1 John for many reasons, and one of those reasons was to help us all understand how to have complete joy. As a spiritual leader, John also knew that when other believers have joy then that would give him joy as well. Like a parent who has joy when their children are laughing and playing on the playground, John wrote this letter to help followers of Jesus experience complete joy.
1 John 1:1-4
1 What was from the beginning, what we have heard, what we have seen with our eyes, what we have observed and have touched with our hands, concerning the word of life — 2 that life was revealed, and we have seen it and we testify and declare to you the eternal life that was with the Father and was revealed to us — 3 what we have seen and heard we also declare to you, so that you may also have fellowship with us; and indeed our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ. 4 We are writing these things so that our joy may be complete.
In these verses, we see four reasons that we have joy.
The eyewitness testimonies give us joy (vv1-2). When we read the New Testament, we are reading the eyewitness accounts of those who walked with Jesus. Wow! That is huge. Be amazed every time you read the Bible, and let the words fill you with joy.
Eternal life gives us joy (v2). When we think about the fact that Jesus saved us from our sin and guarantees us eternal life in heaven, that gives us joy. The Bible describes heaven as an exciting place of beauty, perfect relationships, worshiping God, and excitement and more, getting better and better for all eternity. The absolute assurance that we will have eternal life in heaven because of our faith in Jesus gives us joy on earth today.
True fellowship gives us joy (v3). Christian fellowship includes friendship, caring, sharing, helping and more. When we live life in community with others, those relationships will help us to have joy in not only the good times of life but also in the most difficult days.
The Word of God gives us joy (v4). John writes his letter to give believers complete joy. John’s letter is part of the Bible, the holy Word of God. When we read 1 John and every other part of the Bible, we find truth and instruction and encouragement that gives us joy. This is why it is so important that you read God’s Word regularly. Please make reading the Bible part of your daily schedule. It will increase your joy!