December 23, 2017: SOAP #2942:  John 15-18 Scripture:  John (NIV) 15:11 These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full. Observation:   Jesus was speaking to his disciples about the joy He had in their love and growth, AND about their joy. I know [...]

December 23, 2017: SOAP #2942:  John 15-18

Scripture:  John (NIV) 15:11 These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.

Observation:   Jesus was speaking to his disciples about the joy He had in their love and growth, AND about their joy.

I know a young boy who seems to enjoy watching others hurt.   I have seen him laugh when he saw others getting into trouble.   I know some adults that seem to enjoy seeing others suffer.   It makes them feel more important if they can cause trouble for someone else.

But Jesus is not that way!     His joy is in me, and He desires that my joy be full!

Application:   I should find joy in what brings joy to others.   In increasing their joy, I will increase my joy.   Of course, the One to Whom I most want to bring joy, is my Heavenly Father.   Probably the greatest joy I can bring to others is to bring them to Jesus.   And that brings great joy to Jesus also!

Prayer:     Heavenly Father, may my life be a source of joy to you!  Amen

Pastor Leon
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