Originally Posted: August 3, 2006 (Age 17)
In John 15:11-12 Jesus says, “These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain you, and that your joy may be full. This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.”
Here Jesus is saying that He wants us to be full of joy, and he also wants us to love another.
In John 16:23-24 Jesus says, “Most assuredly, I say to you, whatever you ask the Father in My name He will give you. Until now you have asked nothing in My name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full.”
Jesus again uses the phrase “that your joy may be full.” It is related to asking for things in His name. He does not say to ask for joy, but that when we do ask, we will receive, and that we will also be full of joy. So what exactly are we supposed to ask for?
The first time Jesus used this phrase, it was in connection with a command to love one another. 1 John 1:4 also uses this phrase, “These things we write to you that your joy may be full.” And what is most of 1 John about? God’s love, and loving one another.
Putting it all together, it seems as if Jesus is commanding us to ask in His name that we love another, and as a result we will be full of joy. Someone else put this together a long time ago in the Sunday school song, “This is my commandment, that you love one another, that your joy may be full.” (I always assumed this was a Bible verse but I could not find it anywhere)
Following Jesus’ words about love and joy in John 15 and 16, he prays in John 17 that we will have His joy fulfilled in ourselves (v. 13), and that we will be one, that they world may believe that God send Him (v. 21).
Jesus knew that if we really love one another, not only will we have joy, but the world will know that Jesus was sent by God. This is powerful stuff!
Even David knew this truth, when in Psalm 133:1 he said, “Behold, how good and pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity.”
If we as Christians can show love to one another, we will experience joy, not only because by getting along with each other and encouraging and supporting each other we will naturally feel a fellowship and closeness that brings satisfaction, but also because it is a promise of God.
So let us ask in His name that He will give us love for each other, that our joy may be full and that the world will believe.