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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 15:11'12 WEB.

    Peter and the other Apostles were preaching at the temple when they were arrested by the religious leaders in Jerusalem. They tried to put them in prison, but an angel let them out during the night. Early the next morning, the Apostles were again teaching at the temple. So they arrested them a second time, beat them, told them to not talk about Jesus anymore.

    When they let the Apostles go, they rejoiced that they were counted worthy to suffer for the name of Jesus Christ and continued teaching (Acts 5:41). Later, when Paul and Silas were beaten and imprisoned, they prayed and sang hymns to the Lord while the other prisoners listened to them (Acts 16:25).

    There is a joy the Apostles had that surpasses all understanding, and no matter what you face on Earth, it can't be taken from you. However, it does have a requirement. Jesus taught that we could have this joy if we kept His commandments. Then in the next verse, He said, "Love one another as I have loved you" (John 13:34). If we don't have love, we are nothing but noise like a clanging cymbal (1 Corinthians 13:1). People don't care what you know until they know how much you care.

    If we truly love one other in action, we will be filled with His joy. It makes sense that we can't 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 we have is whether we will actually do it. We can easily 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 we've had a disagreement always ended up with me having an attitude adjustment and seeing things through His eyes. Never once did He, for He was always right. Other people, though, ouch. He really made us work for that joy when He said to love your neighbor as yourself. That's not easy. Still, to have His joy, you must 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. Overflow my heart with Your Joy today. In the name of Jesus Christ, I pray. Amen!

    Note: Ladies, today is Thankful Thursday at the "Ladies in Distress" group (our RHM women's group)! You are welcome to join in our weekly sharing of thankfulness for the Lord's presence and any blessings you may have experienced, big or small! "Ladies in Distress" is a private group, so if you have any problems joining, just post anywhere and we will help you :). Here is the link: Ladies in Distress


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Debi Burton
Debi Burton Thank you for this new day…. Overflow my heart with love and joy! Thank you Jesus!❤️
Jul 22
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Celeste Strenn
Celeste Strenn

Amen "the Joy of the lord is my strength!"

Jul 22
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Kay Collinsworth
Kay Collinsworth

Amen

Jul 22
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Patricia Walker
Patricia Walker

AMEN. Heavenly Father, Thank you for the joy you bring to my life. You are my joy!  Amen

Jul 22
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Richard Mondello
Richard Mondello

In Jesus name I ask,Amen. 

Jul 22
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Dave and Sue Earlywine
Dave and Sue Earlywine

God please overflow our hearts with peace and joy. Amen 

Jul 22
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Mari Kaufmann
Mari Kaufmann

Make me a more outwardlyjoyful person dear God. Amen

Jul 22
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Yvette York
Yvette York

Amen Heavenly Father Please Help Me To Have That Same Attitude With Others It Can Be Hard At Times Good Morning Everyone 

Jul 22
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Lynn Brown
Lynn Brown

Father, please give me grace to love the difficult people around me and forgive anyone who has hurt me. Amen!

Jul 22
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Scott Riegelmann
Scott Riegelmann

Thank you Jesus for the Joy of the Lord is in my heart and mind I love you

Jul 22
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Cathy Webb
Cathy Webb

A wonderful mission for today, Pastor Dion! Overflow my heart with Your Joy today, Lord. Thank You!

Jul 22
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Wanda Pennington
Wanda Pennington

Amen 

Jul 22
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Jose Simo
Jose Simo

Heavenly Father I thank You for giving us the opportunity to see this wonderful day full of You. Please give us the grace to love and care for those who are in need and to show them the love You always show us, in Jesus Christ name we pray, Amen. 

Pastor and Sylvia, thank you for all you do for us through your devotionals. God bless you both, Amen. 

Jul 22
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Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jackson

Amen!!

Jul 22
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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer

Yes Lord Jesus, amen 

Jul 22
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen!

Jul 22
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Liesel  aka  Lisa Wardle
Liesel aka Lisa Wardle

Amen!!! Dear Lord please help me to love the unlovely, to love those who deceitfully use me, in the name of Jesus, Amen!

Jul 22
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Susan Petho
Susan Petho

Amen!

Jul 23
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Brenda F
Brenda F

Amen

Jul 23