John 15:11 – These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full.
This is really, really hard to understand. For many years fullness of joy was just a theological belief. I really had no idea what the joy of the Lord even was. Of course I had tastes of His joy at various times in my Christian journey but something more than that happened to me about 25 years ago at this writing. I experienced an unprecedented (for me) download of joy when I was touched by the Holy Spirit in a revival meeting. I am talking about can’t walk and can’t stop laughing kind of joy. Joy that would wake me out of sleep and that brought an incredible sense of the nearness of God into my life. I think I had begun to taste the edge of what Jesus was talking about in today’s verse. I was tasting His love, the effect in me was unspeakable joy. Here is how Andrew Murray describes this verse.
“That My joy may be in you–We are to have Christ’s own joy in us. And what is Christ’s own joy? There is no joy like love. There is no joy but love. Christ had just spoken of the Father’s love and His own abiding in it, and of His having loved us with that same love. His joy is nothing but the joy of love, of being loved and of loving. It was the joy of receiving His Father’s love and abiding in it, and then the joy of passing on that love and pouring it out on sinners. It is this joy He wants us to share: the joy of being loved of the Father and of Him; the joy of in our turn loving and living for those around us. This is just the joy of being truly branches: abiding in His love, and then giving up ourselves in love to bear fruit for others.”
When you discover the love of God, that He loves you just because He does, you will be incapacitated by His joy. That is the obvious response to being loved. Being loved by God will bring you to the discovery of what life is all about. We are created to be satisfied by His joy, this is what brings God glory.