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Joy Full

  • I have spoken these things to you, that my joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be made full. 'This is my commandment, that you love one another, even as I have loved you.' John 15:11 WEB

    Peter and the Apostles were beaten by the religious leaders and then told not to talk about Jesus anymore, but they rejoiced that they were counted worthy to suffer for His name and continued talking (Acts 5:41). When Paul and Silas were imprisoned, they prayed and sang hymns to the Lord as the other prisoners listened to them (Acts 16:25).

    There is a joy that surpasses all understanding, and no matter what you face on this earth, it cannot be taken from you. It does, however, have a requirement. Jesus taught that we could have this joy if we kept His commandments, and directly under it said, 'Love one another as I have loved you' (John 13:34). If we do not have love, we are nothing but noise like a clanging cymbal (1 Corinthians 13:1). People do not care what you know, until they know how much you care.

    If we do love one other, we will be filled with His joy. I guess it does make sense that we cannot be filled with joy and anger, bitterness, jealousy and happiness all at the same time. We are commanded to love each other; the only choice that we have is whether we will observe that. We can choose to show no love, and have no joy.

    It is usually easy to love the Lord. After all, He is perfect and God is love (1John 4:16). The times where we have had a disagreement always ended up with me changing my attitude, seeing things through His eyes, and never once Him because He was always right to begin with. Other people though, ouch. He really made us work for that joy when He said love your neighbor as yourself. It is not easy. You gotta want it, so love that neighbor.

    Prayer: Heavenly Father, I thank You for the life that You have given me. Please give me the grace to love those around me and to keep a positive attitude. Please fill me afresh with Your Joy today, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray.

    Note: Good morning! We will be continuing to the next chapter of our online Bible Study tomorrow morning, but for those who would like to catch up, here is the link to all of the chapters. You are welcome to start any time :)! Bible Study


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Pranoti  Kumar
Pranoti Kumaredited: March 10, 2018

No love no joy!

Tough on our own. But with His grace..possible! 

 

March 10, 2018
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David and Dianna Wyles
David and Dianna Wyles

Prayer: Heavenly Father, I thank You for the life that You have given me. Please give me the grace to love those around me and to keep a positive attitude. Please fill me afresh with Your Joy today, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray. Help me smile and be the bessing for others. Help me show your love to those around me <3 Amen Thank you

March 10, 2018
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Mari Kaufmann
Mari Kaufmann

Thank you for all my blessings God. Put joy and the desire to continue in my heart dear God. Amen. Praise the Lord. 

March 10, 2018
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Richard Mondello
Richard Mondello

God knows what you're going through sister. Hang in there. He works it all together for our good and for the good of others. God bless....

March 10, 2018
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Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jackson

Amen! Dear Father in Heaven it is difficult to love those who are unkind, abusive and down right nasty and dishonest.  I have a long way to go when it comes to loving those who show unpleasentness, but I have learned through your Son Jesus that in time, we can turn all of our anger and resentment into peace, joy and forgiveness; thank you Jesus for being the perfect Teacher!

March 10, 2018
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Richard Mondello
Richard Mondello

Thank you Jesus!

March 10, 2018
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Kay Collinsworth
Kay Collinsworth

Amen, Dear Heavenly Father please help me to forgive the ones who hurt me so I will be full of joy!

March 10, 2018
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Gail Sellu
Gail Selluedited: March 10, 2018

Lord, help me today to forgive those who have hurt me.: Heavenly Father, I thank You for the life that You have given me. Please give me the grace to love those around me and to keep a positive attitude. Please fill me afresh witth your joy today. In the name of Jesus I pray, Amen.

 

March 10, 2018
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David &amp; Dianna Earlywine
David & Dianna Earlywine

Thank you Jesus for loving us.Let love fill our hearts and share with others. Amen 

March 10, 2018
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Kevin J. Eck
Kevin J. Eck

 Love, Joy and Peace...

March 10, 2018
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Barbara Neahring
Barbara Neahring

Thank you!

March 10, 2018
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Linda Clark
Linda Clark

Praise God for his word and love

March 10, 2018
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Jose Simo
Jose Simo

Dear Father, thank You for Your love for me and ours. Let us to show everyone the love You has given us. In Jesus name I pray, Amen. 

Thank you Pastor for today's devotional,  peace and understanding for all.

March 10, 2018
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Richard Mondello
Richard Mondello

I thank Lord Jesus and Holy Spirit for teaching me to want His joy more than revenge upon my enemies. "Vengence is mine" sayeth the Lord! "I will repay"! He has proved to me time and again that when I was faced with adversity from certain people or groups of people and I chose to pray instead of act;HE is the ONE who handles the threat or the people involved. HE is the ONE who can change their heart and mind,which is the core of the problem anyway. I thank Jesus for making Himself known to me as a child and pulling me back from the edge as an adult when I had strayed away,loved and lost,given up on life. He never gave up on me and that makes me want even more to follow His teachings and live for Him. Praise Father Yahweh,Lord Jesus and Holy Spirit!

March 10, 2018
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Audry Reddy
Audry Reddy

Amen!

March 10, 2018
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen !

March 10, 2018
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Ticardo Williams
Ticardo Williams

Amen.  Praise God!  Thanks Pastor Todd!  Heavenly Father, I thank You for the life that You have given me. Please give me the grace to love those around me and to keep a positive attitude. Please fill me afresh with Your Joy today, in the Name of Jesus Christ I pray.  Amen.

March 11, 2018